3.4 Using Humour!

When working with children, it’s important to be mindful of the impact our humor and jokes can have on them. Here are some tips to ensure that your humour and jokes are always appropriate:

  1. Know your audience: Before making any jokes or using humour, it’s important to consider the age and maturity level of the children you are working with. Younger children may not understand sarcasm or irony, while older children may be more receptive to these forms of humour.
  2. Avoid offensive or inappropriate topics: Stay away from any topics that could be offensive or inappropriate, such as politics, religion, race, gender, and sexuality.
  3. Keep it light and positive: Try to use humour that is light and positive in nature, such as silly jokes, funny stories, or playful banter. This can help create a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for the children.
  4. Use humor to teach: Humour can be a great tool for teaching children important lessons. For example, you could use humour to teach about sharing, manners, or empathy.
  5. Be sensitive to cultural differences: Be aware that different cultures may have different standards for humour and what is considered appropriate. Make sure to be sensitive to cultural differences and avoid any jokes or humour that could be offensive.
  6. Listen to feedback: Always be willing to listen to feedback from the children, their parents, or your colleagues. If someone tells you that a joke or humour was inappropriate, take it seriously and adjust your behavior accordingly.