We love to hear those sweet, squeaky voices when children begin to talk. We write down those adorable cute phrases for posterity. A friend’s little grandson hid his piggy bank in case “robins” came into the house and tried to take it. We will never forget his innocent misinterpretation.
Then one day, almost invariably, a not so cute word bursts out of that little mouth. Profanity is all around us. It is rampant in movies, television shows, books and other media. Millions of people curse, using profanity without regard for others who are within earshot. Our grandchildren hear these words and believe it is okay to use them.
It is not okay. Profanity is the state of being profane. Being profane is to show contempt or irreverence for what is sacred. Profanity is abusive, disrespectful and shows a lack of consideration for others who are within earshot.
People who utter profanity are thought to be less educated, are less likely to be invited to social functions and may be less likely to receive promotions at work. They are thought to even be less intelligent, unable to use other words.
When caregivers use profanity, children hear and think it is okay for them to do likewise. It is not okay. Other children, teachers, parents and are offended and shocked. The child using foul language is often ostracized and punished. They make fewer friends and the ones they do have are also like them. As the child ages, he or she associates with others who also use such language. Startling and groundbreaking recent studies show these young people tend to be more aggressive, get into more fights, score lower on tests and are more likely to become bullies. The consequences are incredibly huge.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests a strong association between profanity and violence. Some of this is a trickledown effect from exposure to video games and other entertainment media. A BYU study asked over 200 teenagers about their video game and television habits. The response was that they used more profanity and cursed more which is not surprising because the more one hears something the more likely they are to use it themselves.
The study also found those same young people reported they were more prone to hit, punch, kick, gossip and malign others after viewing profanity laden shows or games. It is a mind maggot, burrowing inside and contaminating the brain. What goes in WILL come out.
God gave us instructions about how we are to speak. Colossians 3:8 says we are to put away all anger, wrath, malice, railing and shameful (filthy) speech from our mouths. Profanity is so common nowadays that many users do not even realize they are doing so.
What can Recycled Moms do to minimize exposure to foul language? Use parental controls on the television. Refuse to allow movies and other media that use foul language and curse words. Parents are supposed to be in control and leading the household. Our kids will not have access to this type of material unless we bring it into the home for them. Outside is a different matter. What we teach inside will carry over into the lives they lead in the world. When values are instilled at a young age, they remain with the child as he or she grows, maturing into a quality adult.
We want to be proud of our kids now and in the future. Stop the plague of profanity and increase the dignity, safety and spiritual position of your child or grandchild. Join other people who make the commitment not to curse, use foul language and profanity. The link below is to a great club your kids can join. The principal at our local elementary school is recommending for the upcoming school year. You can assist your kids at home to join the No Cussing Club.