You will likely find this corny.... but as somebody who has spent their adult life teaching young children, I was always amazed at the amount of teachers who would give the ol' "sticks and stones, sticks and stones". Then I was reading an Ann Landers at some point, and I cut it out and hung it up in my classroom. A 2nd grade teacher was going on and on and on about how "sticks and stones, sticks and stones" and a little girl spoke up and said, "Teacher... I have my own saying. Sticks and Stones can break your bones, but words can break your heart."
That has stuck with me for 20 years, and it is as powerful today as it was then. If I hear a word said that causes a child pain, then I get offended. I am offended that a kid was introduced to such a word and understands the connotation behind it. I am offended that another kid understands just how they are being insulted. Kids shouldn't be shut in and sheltered from reality, but it really is not cool when a 2nd grader is broken hearted over what somebody else says. Yes, logically they should realize it's a "word" and not harmful, but most kids I know say, "I wished they had just punched me, because at least then it goes away. That name follows me around."
And the cycle of bullying and awfulness starts and never really seems to let up. It's sad. So yes, I get offended that kids have to deal with such things. As an adult... do what you want, but let the kids live in peace. No 7 year old should have to feel like somebody is going to call them every name in the book because they heard it at home, in musice, on a movie, or their parents encouraged it because they thought it was "cute" or "funny" to hear a 7 year old dropping f-bombs. That's the part that offends me. People have no common sense it seems.
R.I.P. Dad. I miss you. You will never be forgotten
1/12/39 - 8/7/08