Showing posts from March, 2014

Playing With a Child's Trust Is Harmful

Some time ago on the Self-Archeology Facebook page  I mentioned the horrors of lying to children. Specifically, we talked about a very popular YouTube challenge by Jimmy Kimmel, where he encourages his viewers to lie to their kids or prank them, film their reaction, and put it on YouTube. This is supposed to be funny. And the more scared, sad, hurt, and confused the child gets, the more hilarious it is to people (to the parents, to Jimmy Kimmel, and to his audience). In this article, I will talk about the harm of playing with a child trust. I will also address a couple of common justification of such behavior and talk about why this is amusing to people. Not a Big Deal? I personally never liked the phenomenon of playing with people’s trust or being played by others – both in my childhood and in adulthood. I remember how I was feeling as a child when my caregivers and other authority figures lied to me, or when my friends betrayed me, or when my classmates played pranks on me. I