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Harms Of Swearing Essay

1253 words - 6 pages

Swearing or cursing is the stage where every child has to learn all over again the difference between right and wrong. The decision might be swayed by peer pressure, home life, or media exposure. Swearing is an unintelligent and quick way to express emotion or to seem cool. Also when and if your child swears, how you can address it without making the child feel worthless and insignificant compared to their siblings or others. It is hard to determine whether the child will make the decision to swear or not, but if they do (like I did), these may be the effects of this unintelligent decision.
When a person swears or curses it effects the way people view them. You may admire a person and think that they are intelligent and can articulate their feelings, but in the moment where they may use foul language, the view of the swear-er may change drastically. Or when trying to impress a date or someone you may be interested in, cursing could ruin the opportunity for that relationship to blossom into something more. More often than not, when someone will swear it will only put off the others. The way to mend this problem is to consciously evaluate yourself to make sure that you don’t swear. At first it may be very difficult, swearing becomes something of a habit and to reverse it will take more than sheer will-power. Positive reinforcements from parents or someone of authority will help more than anyone can know. Kathryn Hatter, journalist for the Global Post states, “The beauty of positive reinforcement is that it teaches and motivates specific behaviors by using items or activities that appeal to your teenager, states Shannon Baranski, psychology professor with the Houston Community College. Instead of punishing your adolescent by taking away an item or a privilege, you harness the psychological power of a powerful incentive to encourage him to cooperate or perform.” It may seem like by using positive reinforcement instead of negative reinforcement will show that you will let anything slide and aren’t addressing the problem. But in reality, positive reinforcement and showing a child that their successes have been acknowledged is more beneficial than scolding a child over and over again for a habit that is difficult for them to beat.
If a child has siblings who curse there can be a domino effect in bad language throughout the household. If one child thinks it is alright to use foul language, the rest follow right behind in a trail of wrong-doings. More often than not, the siblings will follow behind you in a trail of swearing, but in some cases they will rat you out for the sake of getting you in trouble because they are so much better than me. But obviously that never happens. When swearing and cursing is present in the household, the family seems to fall apart. Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., says that by that by the time a child is entering high school they know thirty to forty swear words. Parents try to defend their child from foul language by limiting...

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