English Homework Paper: Is Spanking Child Abuse?

Is Spanking Child Abuse?

DEFINITION: Over the years, teachers still use wooden sticks during their classroom session to maintain a standard punishment for misbehaviors. However, there is still a debate on whether spanking is the best punishment for children or it comprises child abuse (Lee et al 54). State laws and school administration varies on the relevant ways of punishing children in different settings, such as homes, schools, and day care centers. When I observe my neighbor, Alice spanking her child, I saw the pain undergone by the young children.  Alice spanks her continuously with any consideration. I still have heard that Alice’s child had been medicated due to extreme spanking that caused bruises. However, Alice made same story to avoid the implications of over spanking the child. BORDERLINE: Based on the definition of spanking, I think that Alice was committing child abuse rather disciplining the child. The instance of over spanking causing bruises was a clear indication of Alice child abuse actions.

MATCH ONE:  I study about spanking as a child abuse, I usually recall Alice spanking her child with excessive force and thus, it can be classified as child abuse. The child has the right to report the situations to the relevant administrative bodies. In addition, many factors should be considered in classifying spanking as child abuse. These factors include the age of the child, size, general health, and when a child suffers from developmental problems and other disabilities (Gershoff 135). In one of the days, Alice spanked her child causing bruises and scars in her child.  Alice usually used bare hand and repeatedly to spank her child forming an element of child abuse. MATCH TWO:  If Alice’s child would be able to report the cases to the child right agencies, Alice would be found offensive.  Considering the weight of the case, Alice should seek after an experienced attorney to safeguard their parental rights as well as evaluating the agencies procedures. I think spanking should be classified as child abuse when it is repeated and causes harm as reflected by Alice actions. Some people have voiced their opposition arguing that spanking is not child abuse. MATCH THREE: Even though I support the fight against children abuse, I think spanking should not be classified as child abuse. The reporting of Alice would lead to lengthy charges in the court for mere punishment. In the late 1930s, and 1950s when the mother and fathers used to punish their children severely, there were no cases of disturbances and gangs as well as increased police officers (Lee, Andrew and Lawrence 33). In my case, Alice was able to create fear with her child, but the fear was intense to cause some traumatic experiences.

COUNTERS:  I disagree that many of the children who are not spanked are disrespectful and are often caught in bad behavior, which has severe consequences. Thus, spanking should not be classified as child abuse, but a form of disciplining the children for him/her to follow the rules. Even though failure to punish children leads to bad behaviors, I think that Alice was overdoing the act. The issue of spanking still remains a controversial issue, since children are not able to control their emotions and feelings (Lee et al 54). For instance, they watch any shows they want to watch in the televisions labeling their parents as outdated and idiots. The failure of spanking their children explains the failure of the parents in disciplining their children.  In case of Alice, it is clear that the spanking amounted to child abuse and not a disciplining of children.

Works Cited

Gershoff, Elizabeth T. “Spanking and child development: We know enough now to stop hitting our children.” Child development perspectives 7.3 (2013): 133-137.

Lee, RaeHyuck, et al. “Is participation in Head Start associated with less maternal spanking for boys and girls?.” Children and youth services review 46 (2014): 55-63.

Lee, Shawna J., Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, and Lawrence M. Berger. “Parental spanking of 1-year-old children and subsequent child protective services involvement.” Child abuse & neglect 3(2014):12-45.