Friday, 6 April 2007
Parents: Let us smack our kids
This is part of an article that was on the front page of the telegraph on Good Friday.
PARENTS are being warned not to smack their children in guidelines being released by a child welfare agency supported by the Federal Government.
The guidelines, available in 16 languages on the Australian Childhood Foundation's Kidscount website, tell parents that smacking children even on rare occasions teaches them that violence is acceptable later in life.
The $2.5 million taxpayer-funded campaign advises that, "Physical punishment causes pain to stop the behaviour. For example, hitting a child with a hand or object.''
It also states that physical punishment "teaches children that violence can be an acceptable way to solve problems'', and that it can have an adverse impact on their emotional development.
"Physical punishment can undermine a child's sense of love and security. They can often become anxious, fearful or rebellious,'' the guidelines say.
Tell me what your thoughts are on the topic.