Monkey See Monkey Do

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What has happened to the respect and good nature that we once shared towards one another? Is it dead and gone or just hiding deep down and out of sight? It seems to me that no matter where you go you see violence, racism and just plain disrespectful behaviour against each other and if that’s not enough, we see children exposed to this behaviour that teaches them that it is socially acceptable to act this way.

That is NOT right; parents and adults need to learn that the mind of a child is like a sponge soaking up every little detail of life and then using that information to decide what is right and wrong.

The best example of this I can think of would be swearing in public; whether it’s at a sports event or just walking down the street. Children who listen to all words being said around them then think that “this is how I’m meant to speak with my friends”.  But to be fair it’s not just children you are indirectly hurting; it’s also the elderly and other adults who don’t like listening to that language.

Let’s go to the good old weekend sports event – the great family outing.

Just stop for a minute. I want you to picture that you are at the footy with your family and friends and everyone is having a good time. All of a sudden, a group of people a couple of families over starts yelling and swearing at the umpires or they start using racist remarks at the foreign kids just trying to have a go at the national sport of the country they have chosen to live in over their own country. Ok and now back to the article: I don’t know about anyone else but I learned about swearing from older kids at school whose parents let them swear at home and watch those kinds of movies and comedy shows that are made only for adults.

The way kids at school treat kids of different ethnicities and wondering why, and then going to play footy and realising they are just mirroring the actions and the words of their parents. As I finish this article I would like to remind everyone that racism and disrespect is not what kids are born with; it is something that we teach them with our everyday actions.

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