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Physical Force a Justifiable Method for Punishing Children?
When it comes to disciplining their children, each parent has their own method. Most parents want to discipline their children without the use of physical punishment. Parents must be aware of the ‘damage’ it may cause their children, and use fair and logical consequences whenever children fail to follow the rules.
According to The National Association of Social Workers, or NASW, effective discipline does not involve physical punishment. The NASW opposes the use of physical punishment in homes, schools, and all other institutions where children are cared for and educated. Physical punishment is looked down upon mainly due to the effects that it has on children, both physically and mentally. Each year thousands of children continue to die as a result of physical abuse.
Many children in homes where physical violence occurs have difficulties in school, including problems with concentration, poor academic performance, difficulty with social interactions, and more absences from school. Due to these effects, this tell us that physical punishment should be discouraged.
In 29 countries around the world it is illegal for a parent, teacher, or anyone else to spank a child. The other 113 countries prohibit corporal punishment in schools. Yet in all of North America, physical punishment by a parent, as long as it is not severe, is still seen as necessary discipline method. In my opinion, physical punishments are not necessary and should not be used on children of any age group.
Though a great number of people believe that it is totally up to the parents, I believe that there should be some type of rule or regulation regarding the punishment of a child. The government should enforce whether or not a parent is allowed to beat his or her child.
To this day, a great number of children are being physically abused in their homes. This has not yet been recognized as a major issue. Physical abuse toward children effects them both mentally and emotionally as well. Which is why i disagree with this method of discipline. I believe parents should take another, less violent, approach when it comes to disciplining a child. Therefore, our children wont grow up to be abusers themselves and will also function better in society.
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