Parenting - Teens | 13-18 yrs

Teen Swearing


Your teen screams out a profanity in the middle of an argument. It was all in the heat of the moment, you might tell yourself. Then it happens again. You overhear him swearing while talking on the phone, laughing with his friends, or when he hurts himself accidentally. Soon, it become a part of his vocabulary.

Your teen’s swearing is much more than just a bad habit. Many types of research suggest that it is a show of extreme aggression, and might actually affect his mental health.

You might blame it on the social circle he is with, or the TV programmes he watches. But there is plenty of psychological reasons behind your teen’s usage of profanities. An article in Power to Change says,“Many young people resort to swearing as a means to try to demonstrate their level of maturity. Children and young adults mistakenly equate verbal demonstrations with a level of maturity. They honestly believe they’re perceived older if they use words typically associated with adults.”

However, there is much more to swearing than what meets our eyes (or ears, in this case). “Swearing is not a trivial matter about an occasional profanity slipping past a child’s lips. Previous research into swearing has shown it has a significant impact with problems at home, in school, and at the workplace,” says an article in PsychCentral. Hence it falls into your hands to address the internal issue your teen I going through, that is hidden beneath the surface of his swear words.

To learn more about teen swearing and what you can do to control his cusses, read through the links compiled in this ClipBook.


Get Your Teen To Swear Off Swearing

It is hard enough that your teen is honing that rebellious streak, but with the foul mouthing…it is almost too much!! Here is how to get your tempestuous young adult to clean up their language.

How To Make Your Teen Stop

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Children Are Swearing More Often!

According to research presented at the Sociolinguistics Symposium this month, children are learning to use profanity — swearing — at an earlier age. And the researchers found children are also swearing more often than children did just a few decad...

What's Wrong With Swearing?

Your language might offend some people, but the tone and attitude behind your words do far greater damage to all of your relationships. So what’s the big deal about swear words? Why does everyone make such a fuss? Find out…

Managing Teen Anger

Helping a teenager handle their emotions is one of the trickiest challenges a parent will ever encounter, and when violence or aggression are common responses it can be hard for parents to know what to do. But physical or emotional abuse can have ...

Swearing On Tv & Teens

While it's been long established that watching violent scenes increases aggression levels, a new study suggests that profanity in the media, on TV and in video games, may have a similar effect on teens... Read the article to know more.

Swearing Characters More Popular

Profanity in teen novels varies greatly from book to book, but new research found that characters who do use foul language tend to also be the most popular, attractive and rich, according to new research published in the journal Mass Communication...

Swearing Makes You Feel Better

Cut your finger? Hurt your leg? Start swearing. It might lessen the pain. Researchers from the school of psychology at Britain's Keele University have found swearing can make you feel better as it can have a "pain-lessening effect," according to ...

Facts About Swear Words

According to some studies somewhere around .7% of the words that an average person uses throughout the day are swear words. To put this in perspective, people use first person pronouns (such as I, we, and me) at about the same rate... Read on.

Help Your Teen Clean Up His Language

“Mom, why do teenagers use swear words?” innocently asks ten year old Kaytie. This child’s question is one that many parents ask themselves, their friends and families virtually every day. Whether overhearing a teen talking on the phone, chatting...

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