Hsinchu ‘Spank Out Day’ was successful, says mayor
The Hsinchu City government on Sunday held an early celebration of International Spank Out Day, ahead of the officially designated April 30 for the global movement against the use of corporal punishment on children.
The occasion was celebrated with a street procession and a carnival, with more than 500 participants coming.
Hsinchu City Mayor Lin Chihchien, a father of two children, said that he hopes to make Hsinchu an ideal place to enjoy happy childhoods for the young.
He also pledged to tie that up with the abolition of corporal punishment from all elementary and junior high schools, and to urge parents to adopt love- based ways of child rearing.
Lin noted that the issue is especially important in Hsinchu City, which has the highest birthrate in Taiwan at 13 percent, and that children under 12 make up 15.32 percent of the city’s population.
In addition to a carnival and street procession, the International Spank Out Day organizers also whipped up seminars and classes for parents and their children to improve communication and avoid conflicts in the family.