Hold back the smack for less vi­o­lent kids

Western Times - - FAMILY LIFE - The Sun

COUN­TRIES that have banned smack­ing chil­dren have 70 per cent less youth vi­o­lence, a global study claims.

A team of aca­demics from McGill Univer­sity in Canada dis­cov­ered that coun­tries with a to­tal ban on smack­ing in the home and school had vi­o­lence among un­der-18s fall by as much as 69 per cent com­pared with coun­tries with­out leg­is­la­tion.

Re­searchers looked at 88 coun­tries to find out if there was a link be­tween vi­o­lence and the use of phys­i­cal force by par­ents. The find­ings, pub­lished in the jour­nal BMJ Open, said: “These re­sults sup­port the hy­poth­e­sis that so­ci­eties that pro­hibit the use of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment are less vi­o­lent to grow up in.”

It’s def­i­nitely a con­tro­ver­sial topic but, ac­cord­ing to the law, it’s not il­le­gal to smack your chil­dren in Aus­tralia.

“All Aus­tralian states and ter­ri­to­ries con­done (in prin­ci­ple) the use of force by a par­ent, by way of cor­rec­tion, to­wards a child.”

Ba­si­cally, it is deemed ac­cept­able to smack your child with­out us­ing ex­ces­sive force. But if you go over­board and se­ri­ously harm your child, that’s con­sid­ered child abuse and is il­le­gal.

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

PRO­MOT­ING PEACE: A study has found so­ci­eties that ban the use of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment are less vi­o­lent places in which to grow up.

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