Cussing Children! Do you allow

United States
February 28, 2008 12:13am CST
your children to be exposed to cussing at an early age? Is intentionally allowing pre-teen kids to view "bad language" programming and video games a serious threat to their development OR a rational way to start a discussion with them about what you think about cussing?
4 responses
@lala766 (240)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I do not allow my kids to curse. I know society with all the violent music, games and tv shows has a lot of that going on but I just have always explained to my kids that it is not something they should go around doing. I have been around children who are allowed to curse and it is disgusting to hear the stuff that comes out of their mouths.
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• United States
29 Feb 08
I cringe alot, hearing kids talk that way, given how I was raised. I've been alot more lax than I thought I would with my own kids, though. I've exposed them to much more than I had to deal with growing up. I'm just glad they seem to make good decisions. -Thanks!
@dtroas (481)
• United States
3 Mar 08
I try to keep my mouth as clean as possible around my children. I do not want my kids to say bad words. I hear alot of children say things and it blows my mind that there parents seem not to care. I am not perfect and at times there is certain things that comes out of my mouth, when I do my 5 year old lets me know real fast that, that word is a NO NO.
• United States
5 Mar 08
Yeah, the kids seem more concerned about adult's bad language than the other way around. Thanks for responding.
@asgtswife04 (2482)
• United States
3 Mar 08
I definitely think that by what we, as parents, say to our kids or around our kids and the tv and video games they watch have a major impact on their language not only early on, but later on in life to. if all we do is allow them to hear the filth that comes out of our mouths and the tv's then we are pretty much saying to go ahead and do it yourself because you can't tell them not to do something you yourself are doing and in front of them. I'm not saying that one hasn't slipped out when i've been really angry, but i am very careful as to what i say and what my kids watch on tv. I want to be a good example to them so they no that that kind of language is not appropriate. thanks for posting and God bless
• United States
5 Mar 08
Amen, and thanks for responding!
@Ravenladyj (22940)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I've always swore in front of my kids...mind you when they were really young I tried to watch myself but the occasional mild words werent a big deal...now I dont worry about it though..Same with video games, violent movies etc etc...but I've always had rules with them and have always told them about the difference between reality and fiction and what is acceptable and what isnt etc etc...Now that my kids are teens they are allowed to swear (some words) themselves since I know they do it anyway...
• United States
29 Feb 08
It seems a fine line now looking back. I didn't want my kids to be sheltered from bad language but I knew everytime I exposed them to a "bad" show I was risking them using words they really shouldn't. They seem to have come out okay, so I thought I'd get some other parents' stories. -Thanks!