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Should smacking children be against the law? The current law giving children less protection than adults dates back to the century before last and is now seen to be out of step with modern family values. In the 21st Century, equal protection must be every child's right, but to what extent? Should smacking be made totally against the law? Or should there be strict guidelines? According to a recent survey most people would support closing a legal loophole that allows parents to smack their children. A total of 71% of people would favour such a ban. About 350 organisations, including NSPCC and Liberty, want to end the defence of "reasonable chastisement". Although the majority of people are in favour of banning smacking, there are those who believe that some form of discipline is needed when raising your children. Iain Bainbridge, Christian Institute development officer believes discipline is part of love. He also says the fact that the current law only allows moderate and reasonable chastisement, means parents who use unreasonable or immoderate physical punishment can already - and should be - prosecuted. ...read more.


The cycle was repeated eight times. By the end, the researchers found that the force being applied was 14 times greater than that originally applied. They found that the volunteers increased the amount of force they were using at each turn by at least a third. In some cases, the force increased by 50%. But when participants were asked to apply the same force remotely, by operating a joystick, they were surprisingly accurate. The researchers said the findings might explain why children who have been fighting say "they hit me harder". The results showed that to get the same feeling of force, you need to exert more force. "It is well known that a system in the brain de-emphasises the effects of our own actions, but this is the first time it has been measured." Said Dr shergill. He suggested the findings could have implications for a wide-range of people, including parents. "It may not be possible for parents to accurately judge the force they apply when they smack their children and this experiment would suggest that they will smack harder than they think or intend," he said. The researchers believe that the phenomenon is a result of mixed messages in the brain. ...read more.


At the end of the week you add up all the stars. If the child has got seven stars they can have a prize like a comic or a pound to spend on anything they wanted. If he got a bit less than seven then you could give sweets or money for their moneybox. If your child fails to get any stars then they should get nothing. There will always be a debate between those morally opposed to any corporal punishment, and those who see it as a necessary last resort. Smacking a child is not the same as beating a child to the point of injury. Teasing a child for a behaviour is not the same as constant ridicule. As the law stands at present, it is already illegal to beat your child. In general terms I feel that smacking is ineffective and serves to show a child that a physical response is required to a given situation. I believe that most smacking is undertaken out of frustration and/or a lack of knowledge or experience of how else the problem could be tackled. Perhaps there are times when it may be appropriate? Such as alerting a young child to danger when reasoning is not likely to succeed. ...read more.

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