Kids Name Calling Children Teasing

Any time someone writes about childhood there is bound to be some discussion about the phrase “Kids can be so cruel.” Of course this is often followed by some variation of advising parents to repeat to their children the childhood rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”

This is really all about kids calling each other names or kids labeling each other with real or perceived pejoratives. These put-downs can be in reference to any attribute of the child including ethnicity, speech patterns, appearance, socio-economic background, and behaviors. Unfortunately, the scope of the name-calling is limited only by the imagination of the tormentor.

Parents often tell kids to simply ignore it when other kids make fun of them. Really, is “ignoring it” actually an adequate response? Even if kids take no outward action, aren’t there still consequences to the fact that they have been labeled by their peers in one war or another? It must have some effect on kids psyches.

Read more here about the effects of kids calling each other names.

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