According to neuroscience expert Dr. Emma Byrne, when it comes to swear words, it’s best to teach children the appropriate time to use the explicit words.
This, according to the scientist, is a teachable moment about how language affects other people.
“I want to equip parents to cope with that moment of shame and embarrassment of their kid swearing in a place that was inappropriate,” said Dr. Byrne on ‘Good Morning Britain’.
“Instead of saying ‘we are going to shut this conversation down’, we should talk about why it is inappropriate.”
In fact, the neuroscientist feels so strongly about her position on curse words that she has written a book titled ‘Swearing is good for you: The amazing science of bad language’.
Viewers of all ages took to Twitter to defend their stance on kids using swear words. Some even admitted, despite no longer being children, they couldn’t imagine swearing in front of their parents.
This woman saying that children should be allowed to swear encapsulates why kids are so messed up these days. She's effectively saying that manners and discipline have no place in the home. #GMB
— Dougie Brimson (@dougiebrimson) August 6, 2018
Her argument is kids wouldn’t be aware it hurts peoples feelings if they learn to swear from classmates but the person who raised that concern is a little girl who I’ve no doubt doesn’t swear in front of her parents! Load of shite this doc! #gmb
— JuanDaMan (@JuanDaMan10) August 6, 2018
#GMB my 7 children have been taught not to swear its not nice and can be offensive to others I was taught not to swear .
— pete mitchell (@116pete) August 6, 2018
Im 29 and would never swear around my mum and dad! I do not think there is a need for it and personally think it sounds awful #GMB
— Sammie (@Vodkaprincess12) August 6, 2018
#GMB you can teach kids it’s probably best not to swear but that it isn’t the end of the world if they do.
— CeciliaMP (@lady_cp) August 6, 2018
Children should not be “encouraged” to swear but…… Monkey see, monkey do. You can protect kids from so many things but you can’t protect them from life 🤷🏻♀️ #GMB
— The Real Mrs X (@OnlyMe67647136) August 6, 2018
Dr. Byrne was shocked with the outrage surrounding her recommendation, stating that swearing isn’t directly connected to being a bad person.
“If we don’t talk about it [swearing] with our kids and they learn swearing just from their classmates on the playground, they’re not going to have a sense of how swearing affects people’s feelings,” she said.
“But also how swearing isn’t directly correlated with being awful to people. There are ways to be really vile without using a swear word.”
Anna Williamson, ‘Toonattick’ presenter, disagrees with the scientist explaining that there’s no way to monitor the execution of children swearing.
“People take offense to it. Swearing is not socially acceptable. There’s a reason we can’t swear on live TV and it’s because it does offend,” she said.
“That is what is key, it’s about creating those boundaries particularly in our children.”
When it comes down to it, Williamson believes while children may understand swearing, encouraging them to do so in certain situations exclusively is confusing.
“I do get the point about educating but I don’t think using swearing liberally is saying it’s OK to use it in those circumstances, because I just think it confuses children.”
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