Investment in preventing violence against children is a long-term strategy for a sustainable future, and it requires urgent action.
At least 92,000 K-12 students in the U.S. were paddled or spanked at school in the 2015-2016 school year.
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Decisions on whether to allow corporal punishment in school have been largely local.
There is now a strong body of evidence showing a link between corporal punishment as a child and later involvement in family violence, either as a victim or perpetrator.
Zimbabwe’s amended education act seeks to protect, respect and fulfil the right to education for all children.
Zimbabwe’s Education Amendment Act of 2020 is a step in the right direction, but more still needs to be done.
Vicious cycle: violence is often used to stop violence.
The school playground is not just a place to have fun. It’s an important space to claim power and this is often done through violence.
Greta Thunberg speaks out alongside other youth plaintiffs at the UN.
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The Convention on the Rights of the Child is empowering children around the world by encouraging them to see themselves as important and valuable members of society.
Corporal punishment in schools around the world is disappearing, but a handful of countries have held on to the practice.
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While more and more countries have moved to ban corporal punishment in schools, certain types of nations have been slower than others to outlaw the practice. A recent analysis seeks to explain why.
South Africa’s child support grant reaches over 10 million children.
Children whose families benefit from social grants and family support interventions enjoy better health, nutrition and schooling.
At least 54 countries prohibit the corporal punishment of children. Canada has neither prohibited corporal punishment, nor said it will.
Until Canadians challenge the normalization of violence against children, we will continue to support, or at least tacitly condone, something that by all accounts is harmful.
Global faith organisations are working to end violence against children.
A groundbreaking High Court ruling outlawing the spanking of children in South Africa has outraged some Christian bodies that claim parents are entitled to hit their children in a “godly way”.
Contemporary Indonesia is heading down the path of conservative Sunni Islamism.
Recent events in Indonesia should dispel any doubt about the rising influence conservative Sunni Islamist sentiment is having on the country’s laws.
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New research highlights the dangers of being too supportive when family relations are strained.
Are police being asked to do too much?
Police in schools are being asked to deal with a range of issues, such as being a mental health counselor for a traumatized child. It is unfair to the police and can be harmful for children.
What are the long-term effects of spanking?
Senator Ted Cruz recently stated that he spanks his five-year-old daughter for lying. Spanking kids can cause tremendous damage to kids’ mental health – even if it is an occasional light rap.
Corporal punishment is practiced by schools in many parts of the world.
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Hitting young children affects their grades as they grow up.
Why use corporal punishment?
An estimated 838 students per day receive corporal punishment across schools in 19 American states. Why does the practice continue?
Teachers in Uganda routinely use physical violence and corporal punishment to discipline children.
A ban on corporal punishment has not stopped the practice in Uganda’s schools. An initiative in the East African country may hold the solutions - and could be used in other countries, too.
Research says this is not a constructive option.
Showing your children affection and teaching them to see the consequences of their actions is more likely to promote good behaviour than smacking.
Unless most prisoners are given a realistic prospect of rehabilitation, how much good can prison really do?
Sentencing policy is a mixed bag of approaches: punishment, deterrence, protection and rehabilitation. The system will remain costly and ineffective until punitive instincts give way to a more rational approach.
A protest for flogging victim Raif Badawi.
Saudi Arabia has upheld a blogger’s flogging sentence, in defiance of international pressure. How long will this go on?