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Against Corporal Punishment

Against Corporal Punishment

Posted on Oct 2017

Corporal punishment has frequently been applied as a way of disciplining children throughout history by both parents and teachers (Davis 125). The debate relating to whether to smack children or not is a conversation that the Unite Nations rekindled when it called upon Australia to ban the spanking of children in the year 2013.Ambikapathy defines spanking as the striking of someone or something normally with the palm as a form of punishment. The statementby UN Committee on the Rights of the Child report recommended that Australia ought to abolish the parents’ right of using reasonable chastisement at the time of disciplining children.

Children are helpless and susceptible. Parents who are caring will hardly ever cause injury to their children. Nevertheless, spanking put children at a high risk of severe injury. The rights of children that are recognized in Articles 19(1) as well as 37 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children are seldom applied. Spanking of children, in its serious forms, is the same as criminal assault (McLoyd, Nancy & Kenneth 12).  According to Davis, “children seem to be the only people who are exposed to violence, which is tolerable in the form of physical punishment” (45). The brutal and harmful assault on children by their parents or guardians has been justified as suitable disciplinary measures. Adults have in the past used weapons like sticks to cause physical pain in children, without considering the fact that their body parts such as the head and face are vulnerable. The injustice that children are exposed to as a result of the lack of consensus regarding to the acceptable punishment towards ought to be addressed.

Corporal punishment towards children is relatively inappropriate in the 21st century society. It is rather retro for an adult to spank his or her children given that there are many other different approaches that he can make use of such as motivation and reward. This is because spanking really upsets children as well as hurts them which ends up with their relationships with parents or guardians being destroyed, harboring them from growing into their best potential. It is the responsibility of the legal framework of a country to protect the future leaders from physical abuse from their parents, teachers, as well as guardians.Laing (27) state that banning of spanking of children is likely to see that they are offered more protection from harm by the society.

Adults who support corporal punishment of children ought to be reminded children are beings with rights and not merely objects. They are small as well as young people whose bodies prosper with respect to care, and whose minds are positively motivated by high regard along with sensitive attention. Typically reliant and susceptible, their small bodies as well as young minds are highly vulnerable to abuse by their elders. The society places the responsibility of taking care and protecting of children on their parents and guardians, and not to cause physical harm to them (Slade & Tapping 112).

Conventionally a form of chastising children, physical punishment is a measure that parents have adopted exclusive of a critical questioning of its effectiveness from generations to generations. There are instances that smacking of children turns out to be injurious, which is a fundamental violation of their rights. In many cases, spanking of children, usually, starts when they are young and may escalate in terms of severity particularly to children who are difficult to manage. 

Due to its non-efficiency, spanking ought to be replaced with other child-friendly approaches of instilling discipline. Allowing parents to continue spanking their children is equivalent to criminalizing them in the name of correcting children. It is, therefore, advisable for the contemporary 21st century society to adopt the banning of this act that violates the rights of children. This would act as a legal success in the protection of the rights of children.

In conclusion, it is evident that physical punishment as a form of disciplining children is an unacceptable form of discipline, and hence it needs to be banned. There is need for organizations that fight for the rights of children to push for the banning of this practice so as to ensure that every child is safe. Parents should be encourage to embrace the alternative disciplinary measures that will enhance the productivity of their children.