People have different ideas about using bad language. If you’re young, cursing can get you into a lot of trouble. Using bad language can make you feel more grown up, and it can make you seem “cool.” If you’re not careful, however, cursing can very easily offend someone. There are certain times you should avoid using swear words, and if you’re trying to stay out of trouble, there are certain places to avoid it, as well.
Part 1 of 3: Staying Out of Trouble at Home Download Article
Ask your parents what you’re allowed to say. Sometimes, parents are more likely to allow certain words to be said than others. Having a serious conversation and setting ground rules for saying bad words could make your parents trust you more in the future. “Since communication is a two-way street, the way you talk can influence how well a parent listens and understands you.”
- You might want to say something in a polite tone, such as, “I feel like I’m getting old enough to say certain things I wasn’t allowed to say before. I want to run this idea by you and see if you think there might be certain words I can say now that are less offensive than others.”
- Remember that your parents may still reject your request for permission to use bad language. “But gracefully accepting a no can help you get more “yes” replies in the future.”
Be conscious of who’s around you. If you swear at home, you’re giving everyone in your home the capability of hearing you. Make sure your parents are several rooms away before uttering a bad word.
- Also consider avoiding cursing in front of younger siblings, as they may try to mimic you in front of their parents. “Older siblings are more influential.”
Choose your words wisely. “As culture changes, so does what is taboo.” The word “taboo” just means something that is prohibited. Basically, some curse words are more accepted than others. It’s best if you determine a list of curse words that you find acceptable and won’t accidentally offend someone. Practice using those words, and avoiding the more offensive ones.
Do not curse in front of your friends’ parents. Even if you’re not at home, other parents and adults can relay what you said back to your parents. You might think you are safe from being grounded, but your parents can find things out without you ever knowing.
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Avoid cursing during class or to your teacher. Remember, teachers are adults. Cursing in front of your teacher can result in being sent to the principal’s office. Each teacher is different and some might not resort to the harshest punishment, but it’s best to play it safe and just avoid cursing at all during class.
- Try to keep in mind that other students have different rules in their homes, and might be allowed to use bad language. When this spills over into the classroom, it may seem like it’s okay to curse, but you should keep in mind: “You can hear it but you shouldn’t use it.”
Use bad language during busy times or class changes. It’s easier to get away with being overheard if there’s a lot going on. Unless a school official is standing right next to you, it’s less likely you’ll be punished for cursing if there’s a lot of people in the hall that need to be monitored and watched over until the next class begins.
- Some teachers admit to being more lenient about cursing in the halls. “Whether in the hall or classroom, when I hear an offensive word, I just call out to the individual(s), “Language please,” in a polite tone and normally the immediate response from kids is “Oops, sorry!”
Apologize if a teacher overhears you. Sometimes, it just feels natural to let out a curse word if you drop a book or your backpack rips open. In these cases, if a teacher happens to overhear you and starts glaring at you, it’s best to just be sincere and apologize for the outburst. A teacher will likely let it slide if they don’t hear you cursing often.
- If a teacher happens to overhear you, it’s best to look them in the eyes apologetically and say something like, “I’m very sorry I said that, it was completely out of frustration. I won’t let it happen again.”
Practice being polite to school administrators. It’s easier to avoid using bad language around important people if you practice your manners. Make sure there’s a difference between how you speak with your friends and how you speak around school administrators. The most important people to speak politely with include:
- the Principal
- the Vice Principal
- Board of Education Members
- School Nurses
- Student Teachers
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Make sure your friends are OK with cursing. Some friends aren’t comfortable with bad language, and may become offended even when you’re not trying to insult them. Every parent has a different approach on growth and learning, so some people might be more welcoming of bad language, while others are put off by it. The last thing you want is to lose a friend based on the words you speak.
Ask your friends to keep a secret. If a friend can’t keep a secret, then it’s not worth swearing around them. Also, it’s best to curse around friends who are also trying to get away with it. Being around friends who curse freely and openly make adults think you might be cursing when they’re not around, too.
- An added bonus to keeping secrets is a stronger bond with your friends. “Being able to keep a confidence builds people’s confidence in you, allowing the kinds of conversations that deepen a relationship.”
Don’t get too used to cursing with your friends. Sometimes, you get too comfortable swearing with the people you trust. If this happens, you could end up accidentally cursing around your family. This is a quick and easy way to get yourself into trouble.
- Even when you’re older, some words aren’t widely accepted. Using these words may not result in punishment when you’re an adult, but there is always consequences to using them. Thanks! Helpful 3 Not Helpful 1