References and links
Studies and opinions, pro-spanking
the Rod? New Research Challenges Spanking Critics" - an analysis which
provides counterpoints to the major anti-spanking arguments by Dr. Den
A. Trumbull, M.D. and S. DuBose Ravenel, M.D. LINK FIXED OCT 28, 2009
to Spank" - an article by Lynn Rosellini. "For
decades, parenting experts have said spanking irreparably harms kids. But
a close look at the research suggests otherwise." LINK FIXED OCT 28, 2009
Love and Limits in Authoritative Parenting: A Conditional Sequence Model
of Disciplinary Responses" - a study by Robert E. Larzelere, PhD. "...the
combined use of reasoning and punishment was more effective in delaying
misbehavior recurrences than was either one alone." This study
also features a chart
showing that teenage violence - as well as child abuse - has increased significantly since Sweden banned spanking in 1979.
|Speaking of Sweden, Mrs
Siv Westerberg's lecture to The Family Education Trust is an interesting
account of the current situation in Sweden where any parent must fear
getting their children taken from them and put into forcible care and
foster homes. "Sweden has, during the last decades, developed
into a kind of socio-medical totalitarian state...About five thousand Swedish
children are at present in forcible care in foster-homes and institutions.
Add to that about ten thousand children who are taken "voluntarily" into
care. That is to say, their parents are told that unless they sign papers
which say they gave up their children voluntarily, they will never see
|A summary of the "Larzelere
and Straus Debate" by Robert E. Larzelere. " ...the
current scientific evidence suggests that some kind of balanced middle
position on spanking is preferable to either of the polarized extremes."
|A critique of the Straus study: "Critique
of Anti-Spanking Study" by Robert E. Larzelere. "The
only thing that Straus et al. (1997) have proven is that spanking 6- to
9-year-olds at the rate of 156 times a year has a small, but detrimental
effect (accounting for 1.3% of subsequent variation in anti-social behavior).
Most children spanked from 1 to 25 times annually were in their most-improved
|More links and references
to research on corporal punishment of children in the home and critiques
of the anti-spanking research can be found on this page: "Corporal
Punishment of Children" by Paul L. Poelstra.
|"In Praise of Spankings
for the Teenage Boy" - an essay by Richard Aaron Lynley, reproduced
at corpun.com with permission from Parent Now. "The over-the-knee
spanking is so aften associated with the kiddie spanking, that its use
on teenage boys provides the ultimate message for pointing out their immaturity...."
as Discipline" by Suzanne Shell. "...What is more
interesting is that many of these children recognize when they deserve
a spanking....Does spanking harm children? No. Emphatically no."
This page also talks about U.S. legal issues - the distinction between
"reasonable, necessary and appropriate force" and child abuse. LINK FIXED OCT 28, 2009
down" - by Cathy Young, an excellent page full of common sense. "Of
11 studies analyzed last year in a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics,
only one found spanking had a harmful effect on children; six showed positive
results and four concluded it made no difference...Overly frequent spanking
probably can cause harm. But some psychologists say parents who don't use
physical discipline in a restrained, constructive manner are more likely
to lose their temper and inflict real abuse. Besides, I'm irritated by
the silliness of common anti-spanking arguments. Such as, "How come it's
illegal to hit anyone else but legal to hit your own kid?" The parent-child
relationship is unique in ways far more dramatic than that."
Family Values" from Joyce and Robert's Home Page. They are parents
of four nice children. "Our method of spanking is simple...Usually
we send them to their room to wait...We ask them what they did wrong, and
ask why they did it...Then it's o.t.k., and on with the punishment. Afterwards,
they are sent to their room for a while (usually an hour) and then we come
back and comfort them with hugs and words of love, reassuring them we only
punish them because we wish to teach them right from wrong, and to encourage
them to not partake in the punishable behavior again."
Spank or Not To Spank: A Parents' Handbook" - a good introduction to
the book by John Rosemond, Ph.D. "How often should
you spank? Rosemond says for young children, if it is more than once per
week it is likely too much. With older children once a month is probably
OK. With children over age 9 or 10, it is not effective."
|"Spank 'Em Safe" -
a small website devoted to how to spank kids safely for misbehavior.
"CP Prosecutions" -
a pro-spanking activist group.
"This list is intended to publicize to pro-corporal
punishment parents and others some of the outrageous instances of
prosecution for spanking children. We believe that reasonable
corporal punishment is a fundamental right of parents and that
like-minded citizens should contact public officials to condemn any
direct or indirect attempt to outlaw spanking."
Analysis of a Spanking" - an analysis of a spanking memory
post by Sister Sharon.
"Punishment, or a better word, correction, can take many
forms. Physical punishment is not always appropriate, nor
is it good for all children. Some respond to nothing else,
on others it has no effect, so it is not to be taken as an
absolute way of treating every situation. (...)
With all punishment, or correction, it must be timely, and
the person must know and understand the reason. (...)
Also, the use of a paddle, this can vary, but the idea is
to have an instrument that gives maximum pain with minimal
injury. A tool like a paddle is ideal. The hand can be used
with too much force and do injury if you hit too hard. It
also does not have the stinging effect of an extension of
the hand like a paddle."
Pro-spanking parenting books
|"Lots of Love
and a Spanking! A Common Sense Discipline Plan for Children from Birth
to Age Twelve That Works" by Jamie Pritchett (1997), 143 pages. Little
Palm Press; ISBN: 0965608719. "Whether you are a traditional
parent in a two-parent family, a single parent, a step-parent or a grandparent,
if your goal is to have polite, obedient and cheerful children, this book
is for you!"
Dare to Discipline" by James C. Dobson (1996), 276 pages. Tyndale House
Pub; ISBN: 0842305068. "Children need love, trust, affection -
and discipline. From one generation too the next, the challenge of helping
children into responsible adults doesn't change. Dr. Dobson's classic Dare
to Discipline, a practical, reassuring guide for caring parents, has
sold over 2 million copies since its release in 1970."
Discipline With Love: From Crib to College" by Fitzhugh Dodson (reissued
1982). New American Library; ISBN: 0451165241. "This book
gives great practical ideas and strategies for dealing with children of
all ages and stages. I found it particularly helpful for my toddler who
is in the "terrible" twos. The tips really help."
Parenting" by Anne Davis (1997). Souvenir Press Ltd; ISBN: 0285633767.
childcare handbook on teaching children to distinguish between right and
wrong, which explains how, by gentle conditioning, children can be taught
to behave well during the first five years of their lives."
Fear, A Police Officer's Perspective" - by Detective Robert R. Surgenor (BPDPolice@AOL.com).
"The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports clearly indicate that juvenile crime has
reached the epidemic stage. Children committing murders, assaults and arson
have increased tremendously over the past twenty years. It seems that many
children today have no fear of consequences. (...)
Of all cases in his city where a child physically attacks their parent, only
1.9% of those children arrested experienced any form of corporal punishment,
or spanking, as they were growing up."
This book is available directly from the author, or on Amazon.com and
Spanking discussion groups
Studies and opinions, anti-spanking
Most of these websites equate spanking with violence and child abuse.
|"Project NoSpank" - a big website
with lots of anti-spanking resources. "Our intention through
Project NoSpank is to equip readers with an effective weapon of defense
against the pervasive, primitive myth that by making children feel worse
we cause them to behave better...The problem is, committed, habituated
child-hitters/child-hurters don't seek parenting advice, don't believe
they need it and reject it when it's offered."
Warning: This website features photographs of physically abused
| www.neverhitachild.org -
a.k.a. "The No Spanking Page", another anti-spanking website. "We
believe that the continued practice of hitting children tells children
that the use of physical aggression continues to be a legitimate means
to resolving conflict...We have enough violence in our society. Refusing
to be violent with our children should be our most immediate priority in
any sincere effort to reduce societal violence."
|"The No Spanking Page" -
another website that calls itself "The No Spanking Page". "Hitting
is wrong. To hit someone is a violent thing to do. Violence is a thing
one person does to make another person hurt. We want to treat children
in ways that do not hurt or harm them...There is no situation that changes
hitting from a wrong thing into a right thing. There is no excuse that
magically makes hurting children kind or merciful."
to Punishment" by Aletha Solter, Ph.D.
- another anti-spanking website by Lauriiiee A. Couture. >"The
physical abuse of a child usually starts out as just a spanking. Spanking,
especially when administered to a child out of anger, can easily escalate
into legal definitions of physical abuse...Straus (1994) reports that,
...parents who approved of corporal punishment had a much higher rate
of going beyond that and severely assaulting their children than did parents
who did not approve of corporal punishment. It is not uncommon for an
adult to lose control while administering corporal punishment...Every spanking
chips away at the parent-child bond."
it hurts to spank a child" hosted by www.wethechildren.com. "The
word �spanking� is a mystification. That is, it is a word that hides the
truth about what you are doing to your child. What you are really doing
when you are �spanking� is hitting. Hitting a child is an act of violence.
Hitting a child is physical abuse...Hitting your child is not an option.
It is wrong, period...This pamphlet is published in memory of Alicia Robins
(Armstrong) who was spanked to death."
Corporal Punishment Degrading?" by Robert Green Ingersoll (1891).
|"Spanking Hurts Everybody" by Robert R. Gillogly, Theology Today, 1981.
"Once engrained in childhood, parenting patterns are
established, and once established, traditional methods of child rearing
are hard to break...Discipleship, in the form of positive discipline, needs
to be recovered as an important parenting concept for mothers and fathers in
rearing their children...The church needs to launch a campaign, even a
crusade on behalf of children, to stop spanking in America."
Spanking kids leads to long-term bad behavior" - a CNN article
on the Straus study.
"Based on interviews with the mothers of about
3,000 children, researcher Murray Straus of the University of New
Hampshire found that corporal punishment is counterproductive,
resulting in more antisocial behavior by children in later years...
Antisocial behavior was defined as cheating, lying, disobedience
at school, breaking things deliberately, not feeling sorry after
misbehaving or not getting along with teachers. "
"Rexanne's Web Review,
Issue #32 - "I am completely opposed to
spanking...The comment that disturbed me most was from parents who said
they did not spank their child "right away." The child is told they
are going to be spanked while the parent goes somewhere else to "calm
down" before doling out the dreaded punishment. Sorry, this one gives
me the willies. To me, this is a method of psychological torture...I
would rather see a parent swat a kid on the butt from sheer frustration,
as in the situation with a defiant child, than meditate on it a while
and then do the deed."
Consequences of 'Consequences'" - an article by Teresa Pitman.
"Despite the name, consequences are really just
punishments...While establishing consequences might seem effective
on the surface, children hear the underlying messages even more
clearly. It tells them they are expected to misbehave, and that when
they do, they can't even object to the punishment because it was
the Rod, Spare the Child - Alternatives to spanking really do work" -
an article by Stefani Leto. "To me, the only reason
for hitting a child is the same reason for hitting an adult: One has
lost control of one's own behavior. As far as I can tell, no matter
why parents hit, the true reason for hitting resides in the adult doing
the hitting. They have either lost their temper, which is an
understandable, although unattractive, reason, or they enjoy exercising
their greater might on a being smaller than they are, or they have been
convinced by some logic that spanking is right."
Spanking Harms Children, Especially Girls" -
an article by Melinda Rice on www.womensenews.org.
"A growing number of experts believe that children,
in general, and girls, in particular, should not be spanked at home
or subjected to corporal punishment at school... All studies show
that boys are spanked significantly more than girls, but there are
special concerns with girls who are spanked. Of particular concern
is the sexual aspect of spanking girls... When a school district
permits teachers to paddle girls, it is setting those girls up to
be victims of future male authority figures, whether it be a boyfriend,
husband or employer."
Christian pro-spanking resources
|"Five Pointers for
Disciplining Children" by Harold S. Martin. "Every
time you ask a child to do something - such as "Come here;" "Don't touch;"
"Hush;" "Put that down;" or whatever - you must see that he obeys. When
you've said it in a normal tone - if he doesn't obey immediately - you
must punish hard enough so that it hurts, and so that he will not want
to do it so quickly again. As a child becomes older, it is better to use
other forms of punishment than spanking."
God's Way" by Craig Smith, New Zealand. "Spank with
a rod...Grounding, making them stand in the corner, forfeiting pocket money,
etc., do not deal with the problem of sin in the heart...Keep the rules
simple and few...We spank our children for breaking one of the four 'D's:
Disobedience, Disrespect, Dishonesty, and Destructiveness. Just about every
wrong will fall into one or more of these categories...Spanking deals immediately
with the issue; drives the foolishness out of the heart; restores the ruptured
relationship; clears the air of the anger, guilt, mistrust, frustration
and disappointment generated by the sin; completely settles the issue (although
restitution, a separate issue, may be required); leaves no period of grounding
or restriction to worry about and reminds everyone of the misdeeds...That
is very gratifyingly peaceful."LINK FIXED OCT 28, 2009
Millstones: An Open Letter to Those Who Advocate Spanking" by Rebecca
Prewett. "My purpose in writing this letter is not to
argue whether or not spanking has its place in the Christian home. Instead,
it is to appeal to those in the Body of Christ who teach and advocate spanking
that you would do so responsibly, prayerfully, humbly, fearfully, and in
a manner consistent with the whole counsel of God...Because the Bible defines
discipline as an act of love, it will only function properly in a broad
context of love...The manner of the parent in discipline should be to show
that the intention is to restore fellowship between parent and child."
|"Guidelines for spanking
your children" by J. F. Cogan. "Please note that we
are talking about temporary discomfort, usually to the buttocks. If your
corporal discipline is leaving marks on the body which are still visible
after thirty minutes, you may be involved in physical abuse, not corporal
discipline. As a general rule, limit your corporal punishment to your bare
hand...For every smack, there should be ten hugs, along with corrective
counseling...Never spank while in the heat of anger...Never spank to impress
others...Never spank because of accidents that could not be prevented even
if due care was taken."
children" - this link used to point to a site that presented some of
the main arguments from both the "spank" and the "don't spank" side. It
had a link (inluding our logo) to this website (SpankWithLove). Now this
URL contains a copy of Lazerlere's Critique of Anti-spanking Study,
the same as the one above.
a child old enough to be spanked and how should it be done?" - an excerpt
from Parent Talk by Dr. Kevin Leman and Randy Carlson of Family Life Communications.
you love the child, you will discipline the child, but you won't abuse
the child. Discipline and love go hand in hand."
Spanking A Form Of Child Abuse?" by Ian Coker. "There
is a difference between harming a child and disciplining a child, and if
people don't know the difference then they should not become parents...
A child is made by God to be able to stand a spanking... Spanking is not
a form of child abuse - rather it is the opposite."
"Spanking in Love" -
a christian pro-spanking article by Jim Baumgaertel. "As soon as the
child is old enough to know they�ve done wrong, we recommend starting
some form of spanking...It worked well for us to use a thin wooden spoon.
We felt it to be safer than using our hand, though there were times we used
our hand. With the hand there can be too much momentum. We would pull the
pants down in the back and spank one, two, or three times on the bare
bottom...It was our view that the actual magnitude of the
spanking was not so important. That is, we could afford to have the
spanking be too mild rather than too severe, because it was the act of
spanking that was the important thing, not the nature of the spanking
"Spanking that works"
by Pastor Mike - a page on how to spank children correctly, outlining an
"8 Step Spanking Plan". He advises parents to spank their children fully
clothed with the hand, giving as many spanks as the child's age.
|"Domestic Discipline Concepts" -
Charles Gleason's main website. "Some people refer to me as
the "spanking minister", because I believe discipline & accountability are
true ESSENTIALS in life. While spanking surely can't save your soul, it may
very well help you live long enough to answer God's call and get saved.
(before it is eternally too late)" "Charlie/akadad" offers a
|"Child Training Resources for
Biblical Parenting" -
a website by Steve Haymond, father of 6 children. You can order their
christian parenting books and also a home-manufactured chastening instrument
for $6.50 each. "Having the qualities of the Biblical rod
yet designed with today's parents in mind, our chastening instrument is
perfectly suited for the loving correction of your little ones... Our
instrument is flexible, unbreakable, made of premium grade polyurethane
and measures 9" long, 1-1/2" wide and 3/16" thick."
as Creative Correction" - an excerpt from the book "Creative Correction"
by Lisa Whelchel. "Whether spanking works or is the
best approach depends not only on the child and the circumstances, but
also on his or her age. When my kids were little, for example, I
sometimes felt it was more effective to administer a spanking than to
try to reason with them... , I've quoted Proverbs 22:15 to my children
about a hundred times. It says, "Folly is bound up in the heart of a
child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him." The
companion verse is Proverbs 29:15: "The rod of correction imparts
wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother." My kids
know from these verses that spanking not only drives out the foolishness
in them, but it also produces positive benefits, such as bringing them
wisdom. This helps us all focus on the good that will result from an
otherwise painful situation."
Christian pro-spanking parenting books
|"Withhold Not Correction" by Bruce A. Ray (1978). Baker Book House,
Grand Rapids. This and the next two books were recommended by Ken Holland.
Sorry, no URL available.
A Parent to Do?" by C. S. Lovett (1971). Personal Christianity, Covina,
CA. "Sometimes the behavior of a teenager can be very
baffling. What does the parent do then? This book offers precise instructions
for working with the Holy Spirit to apply godly discipline."
|"The Family" by John Rice. Sword of the Lord Publishing, Murphyeesboro,
TN. Sorry, no URL available.
Why, When, How" by Roy Lessin (1997), 90 pages. Bethany House; ISBN:
0871234947. "The author, sensitive to the growing problem
of child abuse, talks about the use of corporal punishment in child-rearing
and makes a clear distinction between spanking and beating. His attempt
to provide a biblical perspective will be helpful to many parents."
|"Spanking: A Loving Discipline"
by Roy Lessin (2002), 112 pages. Bethany House; ISBN:
0764225634. "For all Christian parents who wonder how
to discipline their young children, Roy Lessin clearly explains the
biblical mandate to "train children in the way they should go" and how
spanking is one part of that mandate. Lessin teaches parents when and
how to spank in a way that helps children learn to obey. Just as
important, he teaches when not to spank, including a straightforward,
helpful distinction between loving discipline and child abuse."
Islamic pro-spanking resources
"Effective Islamic Parenting" -
a paper on islamic parenting. "...only as a last resort,
your child can be physically punished...you should never
hit your child when you are angry, not only are you then more likely
to become excessive in your punishment but doing so will teach your
child that it is right to hit people when they are angry...It is a
fact of learning that you cannot punish a child without harming
him/her, so punishment can only become necessary if you have no positive
alternative, and the good that comes from being punished will outweigh
the harm you do to your child...Remember, the Prophet Muhammad (peace
be upon him) never once hit a child, a woman or a servant."
Most of these references are neither explicitly pro-spanking nor anti-spanking.
Punishment of Children" - a general overview of the topic by
B. A. Robinson, hosted by www.religioustolerance.org.
It illuminates some of the religious aspects of spanking. "The
restriction of parents hitting their children is expected to become one
of the main topics of debate between religious conservatives and liberals
during the next decade."
|A collection of factual information about corporal punishment: "The
World Corporal Punishment Research Website" by Collin Farrell. "3,000+
pages of information on official corporal punishment around the world,
past and present."
|If you need a parenting expert for a specific problem, try www.allexperts.com
(currently, none of their experts claims expertise in spanking, but some
hosts a search engine
specific for parenting websites. They have also listed this website
(SpankWithLove) under Parenting/Issues/Discipline.
|You can find more related
links at: Google
Web Directory, Home > Family > Parenting > Resources > Discipline.
|The images on this website
were largely taken from The
Handprints Spanking Art & Stories Page. If this link is broken,
one or this
one. "The author of this web page strongly opposes
all forms of child abuse and violence against children, including "spanking".
The child discipline techniques depicted on this web site should never
be used on real-life children."
|Other images used on this website were found at Spanking Art Wiki
"A collaborative project to collect information on Spanking in Arts, Movies and Literature"|
Physical Punishment of Children in Scotland: A Consultation" - a paper
by the Scottish Executive Justice Department, February 2000. "The
law in Scotland recognises a parent�s right to administer moderate corporal
punishment to his or her child... In deciding if any punishment is excessive
courts look at all the circumstances of the case including the age, sex
and any known disabilities or weaknesses of the child. Factors such as
the nature and context of the punishment, the manner and method of its
execution, its duration and its physical and mental effects are all to
be taken into account. The force must be moderate, and not inspired by
A comprehensive website about child health and safety issues. It features a
link to this site on its
"Safer Child isn't going to tell you to spank or not spank...
We do believe in strong and consistent discipline, but we don't feel the
word necessarily means something physical. On this page, we'll provide you
with alternative means to discipline a child, and information on what the
experts and the law consider to be physical abuse. We'll give you links to
organizations that discuss various methods of discipline and that have
different points of view. And then we'll let you -- the parent -- decide
of Psychohistory" by Lloyd Demause, chapter 1 pages 45-50.
evidence which I have collected on methods of disciplining children
leads me to believe that a very large percentage of the children
born prior to the eighteenth century were what would today be termed
"battered children"... Beating instruments included whips of all
kinds, including the cat-o'-nine-tails, shovels, canes, iron and
wooden rods, bundles of sticks, the discipline (a whip made of small
chains), and special school instruments like the flapper, which had
a pear-shaped end and a round hole to raise blisters. Their
comparative frequency of use may be indicated by the categories of
the German schoolmaster who reckoned he had given 911,527 strokes
with the stick, 124,000 lashes with the whip, 136,715 slaps with
the hand, and 1,115,800 boxes on the ear... The beatings
described in the sources were generally severe, involved bruising
and bloodying of the body, began early, and were a regular part of
the child's life."
Berkeley study finds no lasting harm among adolescents from moderate
spanking earlier in childhood" and
spanking leaves no lasting mark, study says" - two articles about a
published in 2001 by Diana Baumrind and Elizabeth Owens, research psychologists at
Berkeley�s Institute of Human Development (University of California).
"Owens and Baumrind analyzed data gathered from 100
middle-class white families from 1968 to 1980. The children and parents
were interviewed, tested and observed on three occasions by two teams
of psychologists when the children were 4, 9 and 14. (...)
The study separates out parents who use spanking frequently and
severely - resulting in evidence of harm - and focuses on those
families who occasionally spank their children, a practice that Baumrind
calls normal for the population sampled. (...)
The study found the majority of families disciplined their preschool
children by using mild to moderate spanking. The results showed no
negative effects on cognitive, social or behavioral skills of those
youngsters and found no difference between them and the 4 percent of
children who were not physically disciplined.
The study found that 4 percent to 7 percent of parents fell into the
"red zone" by disciplining their children frequently and impulsively,
by such means as verbal punishment, using a paddle, hitting their
children in the face or torso or throwing and shaking them.
Those children were found to be not as adjusted socially and more
likely to have behavioral problems or experience anxiety or depression,
Owens said. (...)
"When we removed this 'red zone' group of parents," said Baumrind,
"we were left with very few small but significant correlations between
normative physical punishment and later misbehavior among the children
at age 8 to 9. (...)
She said the few links that remained were explained by the child's
prior misbehavior. In other words, when researchers controlled for
the tendency of the child to be uncooperative or defiant as preschoolers,
all correlations between spanking and harmful effects were close to zero."
Discipline: Effective Tools for Parents" -
a free online personal study course by Dr. Charles A. Smith,
published at the Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service.
"Reward and punishment are not necessarily
wrong. Using consequences is an important part of guidance and
discipline. The problem occurs when they are overused.
Children who are raised primarily through external rewards and
punishments will avoid misbehavior out of a fear of being caught
and punished. (...) These children behave if the parent
is nearby, ever watchful of how the parent will react to what
they do. When the parent is absent, however, these children may
misbehave. (...) Although we know chronic or severe physical
punishment can have dramatic negative consequences for children,
not all physical punishment is child abuse. Infrequent, mild
physical punishment by parents may appear to be effective in
stopping misbehavior in some young children. Although there
continues to be some debate among professionals about the merits
of its use, I am not familiar with any research showing that
infrequent, mild physical punishment has clear long-term negative
consequences for children. The use of this discipline choice
will be further moderated by a relationship in which the child
feels deeply loved and supported by the parent. (...)
Although it may seem to work, spanking is not recommended as
one of the discipline tools."
on the Rights of the Child" adopted by the General Assembly
of the United Nations on 20 November 1989.
"Article 19, 1. States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative,
social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of
physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent
treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while
in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has
the care of the child. (...)
Article 29, 1. States Parties agree that the education of the child
shall be directed to:
(a) The development of the child's personality, talents and mental
and physical abilities to their fullest potential;
(b) The development of respect for human rights and fundamental
freedoms, and for the principles enshrined in the Charter of the
(c) The development of respect for the child's parents, his or
her own cultural identity, language and values, for the national
values of the country in which the child is living, the country
from which he or she may originate, and for civilizations different
from his or her own;
(d) The preparation of the child for responsible life in a free
society, in the spirit of understanding, peace, tolerance, equality
of sexes, and friendship among all peoples, ethnic, national and
religious groups and persons of indigenous origin;
(e) The development of respect for the natural environment. (...)
Article 37 States Parties shall ensure that:
(a) No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment."
USA� National Child Abuse Hotline" - a hotline for calls from
the United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico:
"The Childhelp USA� National Child Abuse Hotline operates 24
hours a day, seven days a week (...)
The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature
and referrals. State-of-the-art technology provides translators
in approximately 140 languages.
The Childhelp USA� National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD�,
provides confidential, toll-free assistance to:
* Children who are being abused and want help
* Frustrated parents who are about to lose control and are seeking help
* Adults and children requesting the local telephone number to report cases of abuse
* Adult survivors of child abuse who are feeling unsafe or suicidal
* Adults requesting parenting tips, definitions of child abuse, or
names of recommended books regarding parenting, child development
or adult survivor issues"
parenting 'causes child crime'" - a BBC News article.
"'Feckless' and abusive parents are to be blamed by the government
for youth crime and unruly behaviour in schools, it has been reported.
Education Secretary Estelle Morris (...) will say she wants to 'put
teachers back on the pedestal' to give children better discipline
and lead them away from violence. She will tell the conference
in Cardiff: 'How can we expect pupils
to respect teachers if their parents don't? Parents must set the
right example, and most do. But there is a hard-core of feckless
parents who have a corrosive effect on the rest.
There is a cycle of disrespect starting in school and lasting
throughout these children's lives.'"
rules spanking of girl, 14, by man OK" - a news article by
Sheila McLaughlin, The Cincinnati Enquirer.
"A judge on Thursday acquitted a middle-aged
psychologist of an assault charge for pulling down a 14-year-old
girl's pants and spanking her hard enough to cause bruises. (...)
He was upset because the girl was picked up by police the night
before on drug and curfew violations when she was supposed to be
spending the night at his house after attending a football game
with his daughter. (...) "I spanked her hard enough so she could
feel it ... so it would sting, so she wouldn't be able to sit
down, so she would remember it." (...) The girl's grandmother
said she did not give the man permission to strike the child,
although she had discussed her granddaughter's discipline problems
Inc. Develops Safe Alternative Discipline Device for Children" - an
article about a company that sells "the first safe and effective
alternative discipline device for children", B-Stik(TM).
"Designed to allow a parent or caregiver to
physically discipline a child without causing harm or injury,
B-Stik is a hand-held pliant baton that will sting upon contact
but leave the child free of welts, bruises or blunt trauma. Steven
Robyor, who developed B-Stik, hopes the product will eliminate
cases of serious injury and abuse resulting from inappropriate
discipline." See their website: http://www.b-stik.com/ (link broken)
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