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