A councilor from Baguio wants to wag a war on cursing by banning any and all forms of profanity in the city.
We mean no offense to the president
Councilor Lilia Fariñas, who was the councilor who sponsored the measure shares, “We mean no offense to the President, but we have to let our children know that even if Mr. Duterte does not or cannot … hold his tongue, that is his prerogative as President. But it does not make cursing okay, particularly for children.”
President Duterte has been particularly known for cursing in his speeches, even in front of news cameras.
The ordinance aims to ban “all manner of cursing, cussing, expressing insults, whether directly or indirectly to anyone or anybody, or using profane and foul language, as a means of expression, or as a manifestation of anger, surprise, disgust or any other form of extreme emotion that yields to such expressions of profanity.”
The ordinance doesn’t sit well with students
The program will also implement a program that would penalize children who are caught cursing on campus. The ordinance would cover all schools as well as business establishments that students usually visit.
However, the ordinance doesn’t sit well with students as they said that it will be violating their right to free speech. It’s unclear how many councilors support implementing the ordinance.
Fariñas adds, “As a woman, a mother and a grandmother, I wouldn’t want to see my children and grandchildren [express their feelings] through profanity. I don’t want it to be a reflection [as to how I] raised them.”
How can parents handle children who learn bad words?
It’s practically unavoidable for kids to hear foul language. Whether they hear it from a movie, the television, the internet, or even from you or a close relative, kids will eventually learn about bad words.
As parents it’s very important to know what to do when our children start hearing, and eventually using bad words.
In reality, kids usually learn about those words because they hear it from a friend, or someone that they know. This means that they might use the word, but not necessarily know what it means, or how it makes other people feel.
A good way to deal with a child who said a bad word would be to talk to them calmly and explain what bad words are, and why people say those things.
The best thing to do is actually not to do an intervention or force them to stop saying those words. Instead, try and understand the situations when your child said those things so that you can teach them how to handle their emotions better in the future. It’s also important to set an example for your child, since parents are the number 1 influence on their kids.
Constant communication and explaining things to your child is very important so that they can better understand different social situations, as well as the impact of their actions on other people.
Source: newsinfo.inquirer.net, handinhandparenting.org
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