Kids And Cursing -- A Special Report

The use of foul language is becoming more common in public and has more or less become a part of the culture and everyday conversations, particularly with children.
While tolerance levels have changed dramatically in terms of cursing, 20 or 30 years ago, those who used inappropriate language in schools were looked upon as the bad seed, however, that is no longer the case.
Talking with students, teachers and child behavioral experts in Grand Junction, it's clear that bad language has become common among the different student groups or clicks.
However, is using the adult language, as some students put it, just said for show?
Those who 11 News spoke with say many times a student will use a particular word, not to put emphasis on a point or be hurtful, but to simply standout.
Some believe that students do realize that it is inappropriate and can exercise caution and behavioral experts and teachers add that inundating speech with bad language dilutes the meaning and intent.
Cursing as a teenager was also once been looked upon as an act of rebellion, in the same fashion as perhaps trying a cigarette or sampling alcohol and while that may no longer be the case, experts say that making a habit of using foul language can have repercussions later in life.


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