It places a national ban on corporal punishment, one form of which is spanking but also includes flogging, caning, and other renditions of physical discipline.
The law is aimed at eliminating “humiliating and degrading” forms of punishment used on children. But does it go too far in its reach?
“Ending cruel, degrading or humiliating treatment is an indispensable component of a comprehensive national strategy for the prevention and elimination of violence against children. It lays the foundation for a culture of respect for children’s rights; safeguards children’s dignity and physical integrity; and encourages positive discipline and education of children through non-violent means,” Marta Santos Pais, a special secretary representative of the United Nations who specializes in child protection, said in a statement supporting the new law.
“What parents need to do depends upon the kind of non-compliance that the child is showing,” said Robert Larzelere, a professor of human development and family science at Oklahoma State University.
We wonder what implementing this law will look like, however. Will the children go to authorities and risk their parents having to deal with a civil citation?
Society as a whole is definitely moving away from corporal punishment, but each parent is often unique in their preferred method of discipline.