Something about a kid being present brings out the best in people. Even a hard-boiled, foul-mouthed sailor will go the extra mile to clean up his act when a little kid is in the room. Okay, it's not so much the best as embarrassment about the worst, but it suffices. Like when you stuff all your clutter in a bag and throw that bag in the shed when your relatives visit unexpectedly.

Of course, the reason for the censor doesn't have to be a kid. Sometimes it's the TeamMom, sometimes an authority figure, or a MoralityPet of some other kind. The difference between this and ThinkOfTheCensors is that the latter involves [[BreakingTheFourthWall Breaking]] or at least LeaningOnTheFourthWall, whereas this is justified in-universe.

Supertrope to CurseCutShort and CensorshipBySpelling. [[ForeignCussWord Y cuando se utilizan otras lenguas para ocultar la verdad a los niños]]. This may be a reason for the SwearJar. It's also why characters CoverInnocentEyesAndEars.

This is, of course, TruthInTelevision. See also NotInFrontOfTheParrot. SubTrope of LittleBrotherIsWatching.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Queen Otohime stops the fishmen from releasing years upon years of pent up anger and oppression in a brutal massacre with one simple phrase: ''"The children are watching."''
* Invoked in ''Manga/OnePunchMan''. Metal Bat promised his little sister Zenko that he would not fight in front of her, which she deliberately used to break up his fight with [[spoiler:Garou]] when she was nearby.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX: During the ''Mother Russia'' arc, Frank and Delta Force commando Martin Vanheim, are attempting to covertly flee from a Siberian nuclear silo base with a six year old girl in tow when they are met by a pair of unsuspecting guards. Vanheim, in a state of panic, preemptively opens fire on them, swearing up a storm all the while. Frank quickly chews out his overtly anxious comrade for jeopardizing the mission and swearing in front of a child.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': Rorschach starts to tell off his landlady for telling lies about him to the media, calling her a whore; she pleads with him not to say that in front of her kids: "They don't know." Rorschach [[PetTheDog pets that particular dog]], because he can see a parallel between her kids and his childhood - except he was ''not'' shielded from his mother's profession.
* In the 2016 iteration of ''ComicBook/HeroesForHire'', ComicBook/LukeCage begins purposely weaving sanitized language into his vernacular after getting chewed out by his wife for swearing in front of their daughter.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Parodied in ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'' when Eleya refuses to give her best friend and first officer any details on her one night stand because "there are ensigns present."
* In ''[[ 30 Minutes That Changed Everything]]'' [=McGonagall=] tells Hermione's parents, who are adopting a seven-year-old Harry and his year-younger sister, that the two kids have a rather sizable inheritance from their parents.
-->'''Robert Granger:''' Bugger me!\\
'''Rose Granger:''' ROBERT! CHILDREN!
* In ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'', [[PragmaticHero Nat]] makes dumb-blonde jokes at Valerie until she's about to say a more indiscreet joke, prompting Valerie to remind her that their current company includes Jade, who's a preteen.
-->'''Nat''': How do you get a blonde off her knees? Cu--
-->'''Valerie''': ''Ahem''! I think ''that'' type of joke is a little off limits due to our current ''company!'' Don't you think?! ''*indicates towards Jade*''
-->'''Nat''': Oh... Right. Sorry.
* In Harry Potter next-gen fic ''Fanfic/{{Returning}}'', one of the Ravenclaw prefects is a SirSwearsALot who often remembers too late to tone it down in front of the younger students.
--> Imogen: ''(to the eleven-year-old protagonists)'' Donít you two ever go in the Forbidden Forest without a teacher, okay? Youíll get your arses killed. ''(Cue reprimand from her friend.)'' I mean asses, you know, donkeys? If you take any with you, they will die. And so will you. So donít.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
-->'''Pumbaa:''' And I felt downhearted / [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion Ev'ry time that I...]]
-->'''Timon:''' [[CurseCutShort Pumbaa!]] [[TropeNamer Not in front of the kid.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' had a slight variation but still the same idea:
--> '''Woody:''' The word I'm searching for, I can't say, because there's preschool toys present.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* In ''Film/OldSchool,'' Beanie criticizes Mitch for swearing in front of his son. You just have to say "earmuffs" and anything goes, man! Frank immediately begins abusing this.
* On ''Film/HighAnxiety'', Dr. Thorndyke is giving a conference, and is about to discuss penis envy when a man comes in with his two kids, so he forces himself to talk about "peepee envy" and how it relates to the "woowoo".
* For the DVDCommentary for ''{{Film/Superbad}}'', Creator/JuddApatow brought his nine-year-old daughter Maude to its recording, and orders the actors not to swear in front of her. Jonah Hill restrains himself from cursing until halfway through the movie, and he proceeds to chide Apatow for "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day." After this argument, Apatow and his daughter leave to go attend a showing of ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', and the remaining cast and crew begin swearing profusely immediately after their departure. [[spoiler:Later the actors mention that she's still inside the studio. Whether or not this is true is unclear.]]
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'': As in the original comic (see above), Rorschach lets up on his landlady after seeing that she (unlike Rorschach's own mother) is trying to protect her child from knowing that she's a prostitute.
* ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' [[InvertedTrope inverts]] it. Kirk goes to embrace Spock in a grateful hug, and Spock interjects: Not in front of the ''[[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingons]]''.
* ''Film/IronMan3''
-->'''Rhodes:''' You don't have to be such a dic (sees children)...tator, Tony.
* In ''Film/{{Payback}}'', Porter has gone to interrogate Arthur Steggman about where to find Val Resnick. Steggman asks if Porter is goong to kill him, but since they are outside and in view of a park Porter says that he will not kill him with all these kids around. He does, however, warn Steggman not to cause any problems, or he will come back when the kids are not here.
* In ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'', when filming the segment with the Roman Catholic family, Michael Palin as the father would say cleaned up versions of the lines (eg. replacing "cock" with "sock") in front of the child actors and dub in the real lines later.
* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', when John and the T-800 crash in on Sarah's aborted assassination of Miles Bennett Dyson, John takes Dyson's son back to his room to see the latter's toys while the T-800 takes the flesh covering off his arm to convince Dyson to listen to their story about Cyberdyne's future.
* In ''Film/BeastsOfTheSouthernWild'', Wink becomes [[UnstoppableRage furious]] when the doctor at the shelter won't stop talking about his medical condition in front of Hushpuppy, despite his protests.
* Played seriously in ''Hide In Plain Sight'' (1980) when the protagonist's ex-wife complains about her gangster boyfriend making a derogatory remark about her ex-husband.
-->'''Boyfriend:''' You've said the same about him too!
-->'''Ex:''' Not in front of the kids I don't!
* ''Film/{{Logan}}'': Since the film is R-rated, Logan swears pretty much constantly. Charles tells him not to do it in front of Laura, but Logan is unconvinced.
-->'''Logan:''' [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior She just cut a guy's fucking head off]], I think she can handle a few curse words.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' some women talk about stillbirths and miscarriages in front of Jerin, and are told "not in front of the menfolk!".
* In ''Literature/{{Fire and Hemlock}}'', Polly's parents try not to fight in front of her, and often send her to stay with her grandma for this reason, but of course she notices anyway.
* The hardened soldiers of the borderlands in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series have a great deal of respect for Aes Sedai, and really try to watch their language. This causes some of them a great deal of difficulty.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' examples:
** In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', Susan answers a question with [[IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes "Does a bear poo in the woods?"]], and a footnote explains "Teaching small children for any length of time can do this to a vocabulary."
** In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', when Lady Sybil and young Sam spend time at Pseudopolis Yard, the officers begin combing their hair, speaking quietly and less coarsely, and wiping their boots at the door.
* In a ''Literature/TheSavannahReidMysteries'' novel, Savannah asks Dirk if he wants ice cream, and Dirk replies, "[[IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes Do bears sh-]]" [[CurseCutShort Savannah cuts him off]], saying that there's a minor in the house and he should watch his language.
* Salvatore "Sally" Sweet of the Literature/StephaniePlum books is a walking ClusterFBomb, until he gets a job as an elementary school bus driver, whereupon he starts wearing a rubber band around his wrist as a pain deterrent for when he swears.
* Maureen Smith relates, in ''Literature/ToSailBeyondTheSunset'', one of her many tactics for dealing with her many children. Retreating to another room for a serious discussion is futile; the children ''will'' hear. Better to simply speak in French. And when the eldest learn French, switch to Spanish. And when the next few learn Spanish, switch to German...
* From the ''Literature/AuntDimity'' series:
** In ''Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea'', Sir Percy takes Lori and her five-year-old twins to his island castle. When Lori is asking a member of Sir Percy's staff about his experience with children, Sir Percy intervenes, saying, "Andrew's also had specialized training that fits him for the job. Damian and I will tell you all about it ''after Rob and Will leave''."
** In ''Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree'', Lori tries to warn Bill off a secret topic by saying, ''"Pas devant les infants,"'' only to have her son Will ask, "What's 'not in front of the children'?" His twin brother Rob informs her that Nell is teaching them French.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Subverted or played straight in the first episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' depending on whether its the tv version or the uncut version. When Michael is talking to his brother GOB about a magic trick he plans to do, GOB says "An ''[[InsistentTerminology illusion]]'', Michael. A trick is something a whore does for money." He then notices a bunch of kids staring at him, jaws dropped. In the TV version, he quickly says "Or candy." However, in the uncensored version, he says "Or cocaine."
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** One episode brought Castle's daughter, Alexis, into the precinct and subverts this.
--> '''Javier Esposito:''' Found your stalker. Franco Marquez, AKA Frankie Markie. Hayley filed half a dozen complaints against him. Says here that he even tried to break into her apartment and when she filed against him he showed up in court and called her a...
--> [stops, looks at Castle and Alexis]
--> '''Javier Esposito:''' B I T C H.
--> '''Richard Castle:''' She can spell, Detective.
--> '''Kevin Ryan:''' Probably better than you!
** In the [[ first season blooper reel]], Creator/NathanFillion (Castle) accidentally swears in front of Molly Quinn (Alexis). Although she's not really a kid, she is a minor, and apparently Fillion [[SwearJar gives her a dollar each time he swears in front of her.]]
** The commentary to the first season episode, "A Chill Goes Through Her Veins", includes a number of the actors and show creator, including Molly Quinn. Huertas (who plays Esposito) mentions a modelling gig in GQ with an a fellow actor in the episode, and Quinn interrupts with "Minor!" and Huertas stammers, laughing, to a halt. It wasn't a dirty story. It was ''GQ''.
** Subverted in "Linchpin" when Beckett argues with Castle over an old flame of his, while Alexis was assisting Lanie in the lab.
-->'''Castle''': Okay, we slept together, a long time ago! What's the big deal?\\
'''Beckett''': No big deal, sleep with whoever you want, the more the merrier!\\
'''Alexis'''(clearing her throat) I have those toxicology reports you wanted, Lanie. (Castle glares at Beckett, who looks suitably mollified.)
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** The third season had a blooper reel which gave us this trope. Cobie Smulders swore over screwing up a line in front of a six year old.
--> '''Smulders:''' No, I'm gonna totally fuck...! [hand in front of mouth]
--> '''Wide-Eyed Kid:''' ... Did you just say the f-word?
--> '''Smulders:''' No, I didn't, I said, uh, [[BlatantLies "Frosted Toasty-O's"]]
** This is played with all the time on the show, as Older Ted keeps censoring parts of the story for the sake of his kids. Thus we get things like the guys getting high on "sandwiches", Barney shocking a crowd by saying "kiss her" instead of the F-word (and then telling security to "kiss off! Who the kiss are you?"), and [[Film/LethalWeapon Roger Murtaugh's]] CatchPhrase:
---> '''Murtaugh:''' I'm too old for this sh--
---> '''Narrator!Ted:''' Stuff! He said 'stuff'!
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Phoebe is feeling guilty about spending time with her biological mother and imagines that her mother has been [[CloudCuckooLander reincarnated as a cat.]]
---> '''Phoebe:''' I think someone's upset that there's a new ''mom'' at the B E A C H. [{{Beat}}] I just spelled the wrong word.
** When Monica and Chandler are trying to have a baby, they babysit Phoebe's triplets. They start to make out and Chandler says he's not comfortable doing it in front of the B A B Y. Later, Joey comes in and says "You can't have S E X around a [[MisspellingOutLoud B A B I E]]!"
** When Phoebe gets Monica and Chandler a ''Ms. Pac-Man'' machine as their wedding gift, Chandler wastes no time in making dirty high-score initials. With Ross bringing Ben over, Monica orders the dirty initials removed; when Phoebe fails her last attempt to remove the final dirty name with a high score, she launches a foul-mouthed tirade right when Ross and Ben walk in, forcing Ross to put "earmuffs" on Ben.
--->'''Ross''': PHOEBE!
--->'''Phoebe''': Oh, hi Ben--NO, DON'T LOOK AT THE SCREEN!
** When Ross and Rachel think Emma's about to speak, they avoid swearing around her. Rachel tells the others to "get ready to hear a lot of 'boo hockey', 'gosh darn it' and 'brother pucker'."
* ''{{Series/Dexter}}'': Debra won't swear in front of Dexter and Rita's infant son. She's dropped f-bombs on live television and in a hospital waiting room full of children, though.
* There's an episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' in which a guy dressed as Santa Claus is brought up before Judge Stone for something involving a prostitute, and there's a kid present, so Stone has people do this.
* On ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'', Loren often finds himself cleaning up his language whenever Brian is around. One ep had Loren telling some friends about a burlesque house where the girls lift up their...voices! To sing so beautifully!
* When we meet Dawn on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', everyone spends most of a season trying to keep the slaying away from her. They don't talk about it in front of her, except insofar as they can do so in code (they mostly fail). They even trying spelling things on occasion, only for Dawn to remind them that she's 15.
* On ''Series/{{Greek}}'', one character does this while he's discussing a FriendsWithBenefits relationship and sees a Nun: "[[CurseCutShort Fu ...]] ''n'' Buddies."
* In [[ one of the sketches]] of ''Studio C'', it's Bring Your Daughter to Work Day and the dads are cops at a murder scene, so they all have to change the terminology they use to make it child appropriate, like gunshot wounds are "fairy kisses" and blood is "glitter." It backfires when one dad says "No, dear, the pony was totaled, it's gonna have to be compacted and sold for individual parts."
* On ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Raymond's mother says she and her father would argue in Italian so their kids wouldn't understand. Robert tells her [[AwfulWeddedLife they're near fluent]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[SirSwearsALot Jack]] has become a teacher at Grissom Academy and has agreed not to swear for the sake of professionalism. This gets turned around when Joker snarks that they could probably buy a cruiser with her SwearJar.
--> '''Jack:''' Cover your ears, kids. Hey, Joker, f-- ''([[CurseCutShort cue]] {{loading screen}})''
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'': During [[spoiler:Flint]]'s FreakOut resulting from [[spoiler:Hinawa's death]], one of the villagers pleads with him to control himself because [[spoiler: Lucas and Claus]] shouldn't see him behaving like that. His pleas go unheard.
* In the best ending of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler: Alphys and Undyne]], after some egging on from a friend, are about to kiss, [[spoiler: Toriel]] jumps in the way, saying, "Not in front of [[KidHero the Human]]."

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Deconstructed in ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent''. In the prologue, Veeti's parents are trying to shield him from ThePlague going on and send him out of the room when they are about to discuss it with his aunts. The room to which he is sent has a television, and he knows on which channel to find the news.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the episode of ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' where he reviews the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' video game, The Nerd appears to subvert the trope by swearing like a sailor in front of kids and shitting in a trick-or-treat bag. However, a sharp eyed viewer will notice that he never swears while [[ManipulativeEditing in the same frame]] as one of the kids. The Nerd may avert the trope, but James Rolfe plays it straight.
* Adorably, a little boy [[InvokedTrope invokes]] the trope in [[ this]] Website/NotAlwaysRight story.
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged: The Christmas Tree of Might'', Chi-Chi shuts Goku down before he mentions oral sex. Also, ''Dead Zone Abridged'' points out that she doesn't allow him to swear, presumably also for this reason.
-->'''Goku''': So, what am I getting for Christmas?\\
'''Chi-Chi''': The same thing as last year, Goku.\\
'''Goku''': ''Ohhh,'' you mean that thing you do with your mouth-\\
'''Chi-Chi''': ''Not in front of Gohan!''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Old Wounds", in which Nightwing describes the events leading to his break with Batman and abandonment of the Robin identity. One of the last straws was Batman [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique roughly interrogating a mook]] in front of his family, ignoring Robin's objections.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Not What He Seems", security footage of Stan shows that he's been watching his language in front of the Twins with this line;
-->'''Stan:''' ''(drops a barrel on his foot)'' Gah! Hot Belgian waffles! ''({{beat}})'' Wait, I'm alone. I can swear for real! ''(takes deep breath)'' ''SON OF A--'' ''([[CurseCutShort Dipper quickly fast forwards the tape]])''
* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Coneheads}}'' pilot, when the neighbors bring over a ring-shaped coffee cake that Beldar thinks is an "edible senso-ring" and therefore inappropriate to show in front of his and Prymaat's daughter, Connie.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Grandpa Simpson babysits Selma's adopted daughter and modifies his old war stories to be baby-friendly.
--->''I was just telling her how we chased the teddy bears into their cuddle bunkers, ''[in a creepy voice]'' then had to tickle them out with machine hugs and fun throwers! ''[sinister zoom-in]'' They say the more soldiers you tickle, the easier it gets. Well, sir, it doesn't.''
** Moe does a similar thing while babysitting Maggie, telling her a bedtime story which is a cleaned up version of ''Film/TheGodfather''. This was after he decided against reading her ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', which he thought was a novelization of a porn movie called "Alice In Underpants".
** In "Who Shot Mr Burns? (Part 1)", Homer sends Bart and Lisa out of the house before unleashing an AtomicFBomb.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse:'' In "Mirror Gem", Lars cuts himself off while calling Steven "you little--", looks over at Sadie looking concerned, and finishes with "''[[ParentheticalSwearing Steven]]''".
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'': In one episode before Tuddrussel and Larry have a heated argument they briefly hold it so they can send Otto to go outside and play. Keep in mind, the series takes place on a space station, so "outside" is outer space.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': In the episode "[[ To Bleep or Not to Bleep]]", Buster discovers the key to curing Fowlmouth of his [[ClusterBleepBomb swearing habit]] is that Fowlmouth [[EveryoneHasStandards can't bring himself to curse in front of young children]].
* One scene in ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' of Tino with his mom ends with her losing progress in the tedious task she was working on, Tino saying he'll leave so she can swear, and his mom thanking him.