Do You Approve Scotland's Move on Banning the Smacking of Children?

Khryss | Published 2017-11-12 23:06

No to physical punishment?

Almost all of us has grown with it thanks to a good psychologist's theory on rewards and punishment (or just our parents' anger management issues). Smacking has long been common around the world.

According to UNICEF's 2014 report, 80 per cent of the world’s children undergo some form of violent punishment at home. Despite that, a lot of people still don't think physical punishment is generally bad. For instance, when 4000 adults in the UK were asked in a recent survey, majority – 59 per cent – still thinks “smacking should not be banned" and only a fifth feels that the practice should be outlawed. Another one, in US this time, showed that 76 per cent of men and 65 per cent of women believe that sometimes, children just need a “good hard spanking”.

Advocates of anti-smacking claim that, physical punishment can have disastrous consequences in children's later life. The list goes from children being more misbehaved, aggressive (engaging in delinquent, criminal or antisocial behaviour), and likely to have a bad relationship with their parents, to having a higher risk of having low self-esteem, depression or alcohol dependency and other mental illnesses.

Being called a dangerous practice, tons of studies have pushed Scotland to finally outlaw the smacking of children. However, parents in the rest of the UK can still use this as a way of discipline given that it is considered “reasonable punishment". And the lack of a stronger unified force on a lot of countries to pushing the outlaw of corporal punishment on children brings question on how bad physical punishment truly is.

Nonetheless, we are products of those smacking. As to whether it gave us more adverse effects than good? You be the judge.

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