Is corporal punishment – beating, slapping, spanking – a good way to make children behave?
Arguments against using corporal (physical) punishment:
- Can cause permanent, lifelong damage, such as poor school performance, juvenile delinquency (misbehavior as a teenager), domestic violence, etc.
- Can cause physical injury to children, such as broken bones, bruises
- Is used more against children who live in poverty, with disabilities, or who are from minorities
- Teaches children that force is an acceptable way of making others do something, that it is acceptable to hit someone smaller or weaker when you are angry
- Damages the relationship between children and the parents
- Shows an emotional lack of control or resources on the part of the parent
Arguments in favor of using corporal (physical) punishment:
- It is immediate. The child can see the result of what he did and the relationship between the wrongdoing and the punishment.
- Other punishments can be even more psychologically damaging or humiliating
- It is effective and easily remembered by the child. It is uncomplicated. Children can understand physical punishment easily.
- Children cannot always understand punishment which is removed from the time or the scene of what they did wrong.
- Parents love their children. They have no intention of hurting them. They are punishing them for a misdeed, not injuring them physically.
- We live a violent world. We cannot pretend that violence does not exist.
What do you want to do now?
- Read an essay about children and discipline which gives the opposite view (recommended)
- Read another essay about children and discipline
Look at ideas for some other essays:
- Why are drugs becoming a problem?
- Is Education Valuable? (Ideas against)
- Is Education Valuable? (Ideas for)
- Is money a good motivator?
- Is physical punishment effective?
- Are men or women better parents?