Uni lecturer says smacking, spanking and hitting children should be made illegal in Australia.
While physical punishment of children is illegal in 49 countries, ‘reasonable chastisement’ is still allowable in the UK, the US and Australia, shares Daily Mail.
Corporal punishment is something Charles Darwin University law lecturer Felicity Gerry says is not acceptable.
‘Slapping, spanking, smacking and hitting a child with a wooden paddle are forms of violence that would amount to assault if applied to an adult,’ she told The Daily Telegraph.
Ms Gerry says a total ban on ‘serious violation’ of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child need to be implemented to help change society’s ‘deeply embedded’ way of thinking.
‘Using physical force intending to cause a child pain or discomfort to punish or correct behaviour … is embedded in cultural views, government law, social policy and in some religious texts,’ she said.
‘Either society must demand change, or law-makers must make the brave decision to change the untenable laws that permit child abuse in the form of punishment.’
The lecturer says corporal punishment may work to change children’s behaviour at the immediate moment, but it doesn’t have much affect in the long term.
Parenting expert, Dr Justin Coulson, has said he can’t believe the debate is still ongoing.
Smacking only causes harm, says Dr Justin.
Research shows even a tiny smack has a big impact on kids in a very negative way. It has no purpose and he compares it to hitting your spouse, which is never acceptable.
A recent poll on 7 News Australia Facebook page asking “Should it be illegal to smack children in Australia?” has had a resounding response of NO it should not. With parents saying they should be allowed to discipline their children however they choose.
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