Did you know that 59 countries have completely banned corporal punishment in schools, prisons and homes? It’s true.
Canada and the United States have not banned spanking but…… both the Canadian Pediatric Society and the American Pediatric Society have official positions on the practice of spanking based on research. They have determined that spanking increases aggression in children and is an ineffective method of teaching them responsibility and self-control.
A Canadian Pediatric Society article on Effective Discipline states…” The Canadian Paediatric Society, therefore, recommends that physicians strongly discourage disciplinary spanking and all other forms of physical punishment.” In a more recent article published just last year, the Paediatric Society states even more clearly “At no time should parents use physical punishment—spanking, slapping, hitting—or behaviour that shames children. Disciplinary methods that are angry or violent are detrimental to both parent and child health and well-being.”
Perhaps in the not too distant future, Canada will become the 60th country to ban spanking.