Do you let your teenagers watch TV shows or movies that feature foul language? Do you let them play video games that include profanity? Well, according to a new study, that’s probably NOT a good idea.
Researchers at Brigham Young University say teens who hear a lot of profanity on television or in video games are more likely to swear themselves.
And bad words seem to lead to bad behavior: Young people who swore a lot tended to be more aggressive.
BYU researcher Sarah Coyne says, "Profanity is kind of like a stepping stone. You don't go to a movie, hear a bad word, and then go shoot somebody"
“But when youth both hear and then try profanity out for themselves, it can start a downward slide to more aggressive behavior."
Unfortunately many Christian kids don’t see a problem with using profanity—at least when they’re not around their youth pastor.
If your child swears like a sailor—no offense to Navy vets—you might encourage them to do a little research on what the BIBLE says about the words we use.
In Ephesians 4:29, Paul says “do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up."
And Peter reminds us that if we love life and want to experience good days ahead, we need to keep our tongue from evil.
Sounds like a wise plan to me.
I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.