Children will pick up any number of bad words from the adults (& big kids) around them, but helping them to keep a stock of alternatives tucked away is a strategy worth considering.
& this is a fun way to introduce the topic. May 18, 2012 (MORE: Children Who Hear Swear Words on TV Are More Aggressive) The researchers found that on average, teen novels contain 38 instances of profanity, which translates to nearly seven curse words per hour of reading.
This morning Ive been researching the interesting world of swearing, for my MG fiction book. This is the first time Ive written for preteens and I hadnt realised how many mild swear words litter my writing, or how different words have different shock values depending on the country.
Swearing in children's books, and even in books for teenagers, used to be pure anathema. SE Hinton's 1967 young adult novel The Outsiders, for instance, an emotionallycharged account of youthful 14 Classic Children's Books Improved With Swearing. Goodbye childhood, hello juvenile humour. This is a good article on a little written about subject. I myself use restraint when using profanity and raw talk and make sure it is appropriate to the story and character.
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Kimberly Harrington is a regular contributor to McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the cofounder and editor of parenting humor site RAZED, and a copywriter and creative director. And that includes enjoying books where swear words are integral to the book, such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime. And you have to accept, too, that we now live in an age where children have unmediated access to all kinds of information through the internet. Professor Sarah Coyne, of Brigham Young University in America, studied 40 books on the adolescent bestseller list and found, on average, there was 38 swear words per novel.
This amounts to almost seven swear words for every hour of reading. At the last few conferences I attended, people have been very interested in swear words in young adult fiction.
Now, a brilliant writer I know said to me, when I asked him for guidance on this issue: A swear word is just another word. Research shows that swearing is linked with all kinds of emotional states, including joy, surprise and fear. By learning to swear, children learn to understand other peoples feelings in a more nuanced way. Children learn that curse words intensify emotions in a manner that noncurse words cannot achieve, says Professor Jay.