Profanity on the page

I wonder if recent data out of Brigham Young University will even be mentioned here in NYC this week, where I’m signing books/attending Book Expo America at the Javits Convention Center.

Brigham Young University professor Sarah Coyne and her colleagues analyzed the use of profanity in best-selling fiction targeted to kids aged nine and up.  The results:  88% of the books included at least one “bad word.” Of special concern is that the profanity was used most often by the most popular, attractive characters.

The parental role of gatekeeper declines as kids grow up.  But this research is a timely reminder that parents need to help kids develop their own filters, applicable for music, entertainment and even books.

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