Research scientist explains why we should be teaching our kids to swear.
In an article posted in The Sunday Times, Ms Byrne is quoted as saying:
“Swearing is part of children’s social development,” Emma Byrne said.
“Learning how to use swearing effectively, with the support of empathetic adults, is far better than trying to ban children from using such language.
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“We try to keep strong language away from kids until they know how to use it effectively. I strongly argue that we should revise this attitude.
Ms Byrne’s call for swearing to be acceptable follows research looking at why people in all cultures swear at all. It found that profanity soothes the brain and even relieves pain.
“Children whose parents model for them appropriate usage of swearing are far more likely to not get in trouble for using it inappropriately. Whereas those who are left to learn it in the playground, who then don’t actually know where the limits are.”
“Talking honestly about why people swear helps to demystify not just the words, but also the emotions of the people around them. You’re helping them develop that all-important theory of mind. Children need to learn how swearing affects others.”
What do you think? Do you allow your child to say the odd bad word? What do you class as a swear word apart from the obvious ones. Do you also ban words like – crap and bum?
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