• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Should smacking children be banned?

Extracts from this document...


Should smacking children be banned? Being a parent is a tough enough job - the last thing we need is someone telling us how we can and cannot punish our children. Being smacked does not damage children, it is gone as quickly as it happens, but it does serve a valuable purpose, if your kids respond to it. Most parents know the difference between smacking and beating a child and the two are very different. One of the most used definitions of smacking is 'lawful chastisement.' In most cases it is legitimate to strike children for that purpose where it would not be acceptable to strike an adult. This is usually referred to as smacking or spanking. I asked my sister who is 11 years old if she can remember any harm of smacking. She said: "Smacking never did me any harm. When I was younger the threat of a smack from my father was usually enough to stop me from misbehaving, but I very rarely actually got one." ...read more.


But essentially, people who spank, at least occasionally, include: * Caregivers from older generations, who were spanked as children and believe that they turned out to be absolutely fine. * Stressed parents, often of multiple young children, who spank (but usually refer to it as an occasional "smack" or "slap" rather than spanking). Only an outright ban on smacking will enhance child protection. I am from Germany and I have seen in most newspaper only one topic: "CHILDREN SMACKING AGREEMENTS IN THE REICHSTAG" or "CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE". The number of children reporting being beaten to the point of bruising in Germany has declined from 3 in 10 to 3 in 100 since 1992 after a ban was introduced in Germany. I strongly believe that a culture that tolerates smacking makes it easier to hide more serious abuse and this is the danger for Britain. In a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, children are the most vulnerable members of society, yet the only group which can be legally assaulted. ...read more.


Nevertheless smacking teaches children that being stronger gives you the right to have power over others. There are few situations that I can think of where a child deserves a smack, and if you raise your child in a loving environment where you talk through issues rather than raising a hand, that child will grow up with the same values. I believe that a child should have some form of discipline, and if that means either threatening, or actually smacking a child, then so be it. I have found that if I try to reason with my cousins when they misbehave, they just laugh. But if I threaten to smack them, they behave, so smacking does work for us or rather the threat of a smack. Parenting is an awesome responsibility - and I have the utmost respect for those who do it. Politicians and policy-makers will debate parenting until the cows come home - but one thing is clear: a child's well-being centres on a time with a happy family where interactions are consistent and secure. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Argue, Persuade and Advise section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work