It is normal for parents to be worried about hearing the words spoken by their children on the street, at school or even on television, leading them to repeat them unknowingly and fall into educational dilemmas. There is fear which is difficult to correct without facing a lot of stubbornness.
But a new trend has been started on the “Tik Tok” platform, in which children are urged to use offensive words and sometimes abusive language, so that their parents can secretly take pictures of them and get views and likes. To publish them on the Internet.
The popular challenge, called the Bad Word Challenge, generated a wave of widespread conversation on various social networking sites on the one hand, and widespread criticism and attacks on the other, as a result of educational and psychological concerns about children's health and their concepts. .
What is the story of this strange challenge and what effect is it having on the youth taking part in it?
A safe place for bad language
In the new challenge, which became a popular trend on TikTok, some parents believed they had found the perfect way to give their kids a safe place to “experience saying bad words” without leaving them alone. Have been – in this case in the bathroom – saying all the nasty words they want. To pronounce it without fear of possible punishment.
Within minutes of the “safe space” given to the children, a camera hidden in that space captures a video recording of the “children's spontaneity” as they utter obscene words, before it is labeled “” Is circulated satirically on social networking sites under. Bad Word Bathroom Challenge.” Challenge).
The controversial experiment provoked a strong reaction to the words spoken by the children, as many considered the topic a source of laughter and satire. But on the other hand, this challenge gave rise to widespread disapproval and rejection from experts and experts in mental health and education, who stressed the need to clearly reject this behavior, believing that it actually harms children. Confuses and increases their use of bad words.
Experts considered it contradictory to describe this experience as a “safe space” for children to repeat forbidden words, while a camera was secretly hidden that filmed the child, in addition to using obscene words for a temporary period. There was an error describing the recurrence. “Safe place.”
Negative impact on the psychological and mental health of the child
Mental health and child-rearing experts believe the new challenge has a number of potential harms, ranging from privacy violations from secretly recording children and publishing material online to psychological effects on the child that can have long-term consequences. Can also happen.
Instead of ignoring the negative behavior so the child can get over it, their attention is drawn more to the subject, and they also laugh and support their behavior, making them more likely to use those words later, and A moral problem and confusion arises. Children's concepts of right and wrong.
Dr. Tariq Omar, a psychology expert and trainer of effective communication and treatment of speech and language disorders for children, told Al Jazeera Net that the psychological consequences of this challenge on young people are undesirable.
The expert acknowledged that providing children with the opportunity to engage in any misbehavior is “liberation from morals and values”, and will not drain them of any energy or give them any degree of freedom – as some promoters of the challenge claim. – but rather it would confuse their concepts of right and wrong.
Importance of protecting the child from the “habit of bad words”
“Such a challenge will contribute to habituation of unacceptable behaviors, even temporarily, because experiences, regardless of their size, are deeply stored in the minds of young people,” Omar said.
Recognizing that it is very common for young people to be exposed to such words in different social contexts, the expert stressed that “the importance and necessity of creating space for dialogue between the child and his parents Be encouraged to understand what these words mean “unethical.”
Omar first pointed out the importance of taking into account the moral and religious commitments of the child's environment, noting that the language exchanged at home is the cornerstone of the child's morality and the way he expresses himself.
Commenting on the statement of Emma Burney, American neuroscientist and author of the book “Insults are Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language”, she said that children should learn the meaning and effect of bad words from their parents, not from their From parents. His friends, he said, and he recognized that the challenge offered a practical solution. “Expressing obscene words is generally not considered healthy behavior, regardless of the context,” the psychological expert said.
He concluded his speech by emphasizing the importance of educating children that expressing oneself with words and insults is unacceptable, and that anger, rage and disagreement can be expressed in many other healthy ways.