Good news! New research shows young children are coming to school with more words at their command that ever before. Words most of us wish they didn’t know, unfortunately.
Children are swearing at an earlier age and more often than children did just a few decades ago, according to Timothy Jay, a psychology professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. “By the time kids go to school now, they’re saying all the words that we try to protect them from on television,” says Jay. “We find their swearing really takes off between (ages) three and four.”
The rise is not surprising and mirrors a rise in swearing among adults. “Nearly two-thirds of the adults surveyed that had rules about their children swearing at home found they broke their own rules on a regular basis, notes a report on PsychCentral. Jay has also found that swearing accounts for between 0.3% to 0.7% of all utterances.