Posts Tagged ‘Swearing’

Toddlers are Using Bad Language. Should we Really Care?

June 11, 2012

Unfortunately swearing has become part of our vernacular. Curse words are no longer seen as rude or unsociable and parents are less conscious of avoiding sprouting certain words around their children. Many will not see this as a problem. They will argue that swearing is harmless and a popular fixture of everyday conversation.

I do not find swearing offensive per se, but I am grateful that my parents brought me up to express myself in a more dignified way. It would greatly upset me if my children swore, like many children are nowadays:

CHILDREN as young as three are swearing – and it’s not just “bloody” coming out of the mouths of babes either.

“F—” and “s—” are the first naughty words that toddlers usually let fly.

They pick up swear words from the playground, at home and on TV and they do it because it gets them “maximum attention”, linguistics expert Kate Burridge says.

“In the old days they might have had their mouths washed out with soap or been sent to the bedroom with no supper,” Prof Burridge, of Monash University, said.

“But (now) they get maximum attention and learn how potent these word are.”

Parents say almost 60 per cent of children swear by three years of age and that by kindergarten more than 90 per cent of children have uttered their first rude word, an exclusive Herald Sun survey found.

Etiquette expert June Dally-Watkins said the level of swearing on TV and in public was unacceptable.

“I think it is disgusting,” she said.

“Parents should not permit it.”

Most parents agree with Ms Dally-Watkins – 70 per cent believe schools and parents should do more to crack down on swearing.

But parents (52 per cent) admit their children often hear their first curse at home.

Second was the playground (48 per cent) at school or pre-school, followed by TV (31 per cent).

Most parents (78 per cent) still actively discourage swearing.

Prof Burridge advises parents not to panic if their child swears.

She says: “It is probably best to treat these as ordinary words, because they are.

They have always been an important part of the Australian vernacular.”

The Last Thing Kids Need is a Swearing Doll

November 26, 2011

I am horrified at some of the language that kids use nowadays. Hearing expletives obviously used by their parents at home, kids as young as 6 come to school sprouting four letter curse words as casually as if they were discussing the weather.

The last thing these impressionable children need is a talking doll that adds some unpleasant words to their ever expanding vocabulary.

PARENTS listening closely to the babbling sounds of a baby doll were shocked when the toy appeared to say “you crazy b***h.”

The You and Me Interactive Triplets sold at Toys R Us stores in America and online via Amazon are supposed to say mamma and dadda and babble like a real baby.

“Oh, absolutely.  She’s calling them a crazy b***h,” Kathy Wetter told Local 6 news in Florida.

Listen to what the baby has to say in the video above.  What do you think it says? Tell us below.

Dozens of videos of the doll have been uploaded onto YouTube and angry parents have flooded Toys R Us with complaints.

The toy store insists the baby is just babbling.

In 2008 Wal-Mart removed Fisher Price’s Little Mommy Real Loving Baby Cuddle and Coo doll after parents claimed it said: “Islam is the light.”

Fisher-Price insisted that the doll was not pushing pro-Islamic messages. The sound some parents were hearing was caused by an accidental distortion of the doll’s soundtrack.

Toys R Us said it has no plans to take the swearing doll off its shelves, but it would allow offended customers to return the toy with a receipt.

Call me old-fashioned but young children swearing is not a good look. Just listening to some of the words this doll uses from the YouTube clip attached above, I am appalled that this was allowed to get on shelves without so much as a warning to parents. To manufacture a doll that is programmed to say nasty, misogynistic expressions is quite irresponsible.

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