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Daniel Stern - 5L - Argumentative Essay : Should Smacking Be Banned In Britain? The sound of crying fills the room as the young child tries to protect himself from his brutally violent parent. Frequently this occurs and the children can do nothing but weep loudly hoping that their parents will stop smacking them severely. I believe that smacking should be banned in Britain for several reasons. Firstly, children are the weakest and most fragile members of our society who must be protected from violent behaviour. Children are people- even if smaller and more delicate-with human rights. They are entitled to physical integrity just like adults. In addition, smacking is a serious form of violence, which should be outlawed in Britain. Parents may feel that smacking is an effective method in changing their children's behaviour in the short term, because it creates fear and unhappiness. However, the long term consequences of a brutal and violent parental regime can often damage the child. Children like adults are humans who deserve basic rights to protect them from mistreatment. ...read more.


Moreover, Lords proposed that any parents found to have caused harm to their child as a result of smacking would be liable for imprisonment. The British government should ban smacking from the beginning like Sweden did in 1979. I believe that smacking is a form of cruel behaviour towards children. There are several non-violent alternative methods used to reprimand children. Additionally, parents should try to create a warm and loving relationship with their children therefore praising good behaviour and setting good examples which smacking fails to set. I agree that some degree of exercising disciple is fundamental to readdressing conduct and improve society as a whole. Nevertheless, there are far better ways to discipline children and I feel that information about these various methods should be made more widely available to the public by the government The Scottish parliament had voted to outlaw any shaking, hitting or beating of children or the use of an implement to discipline their child. Ministers in Scotland did not continue with the ban due to a significant wave of public opposition. ...read more.


In recent years the British public has heard a substantial amount regarding the topic of "loving" smacks. It is true that the majority of parents love their children. Although love is rarely dominant in their minds as parents smack their beloved "little darlings". To sum up, the prove of the harmful effects of smacking are that to a child the trepidation, fear and apprehension caused by this act is universal regardless of the language barriers. In addition, British legislation forbids citizens from physically hurting another person yet there is no law protecting the weakest and most venerable group - children. Temporary relief can be gained through smacking although it is not a beneficial or valuable approach in teaching children how to co-operate and behave in society. How could any parent want to inflict pain on their child? The sense of hurt, which that particular child must feel emotionally as well as physically, must be immeasurable. The individuals who are supposed to love and care for them are unconditionally inflicting abuse on them. How can we believe that smacking is acceptable? ...read more.

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