Essay Corporal Punishment and Children

Submitted By fabuloustella
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Is physical punishment effective?

In traditional Eastern cultures, it is believed that discipline is very important. In order to achieve discipline, parents and teachers often spank their children and their students. When I was a middle school student, I received physical punishment because supposedly, I was annoying to the teacher, but I was a good student. Often times, these punishments were arbitrary, but this teacher was an advocate of adolescent rights. How ironic! At that time, I felt that if I become a teacher or mother, I would not spank my children or students. Physical punishment seems to be effective because it “works” quickly, but physical punishment may have other bad side effects. The physical punishment is harmful to children because it brings negative responds, such as anxiety, fear, or rage, trains children to use physical violence, and leads to step over the line into physical abuse. Physical punishment should be eliminated at school or home because of its potential dangers, such as psychological effects, its production of violent behavior in children, and child abuse.
First, physical punishment should be forbidden because it leads children psychology damage. A child, who experienced physical punishment, is not only to face physical punishment but to be affected emotional punishment. Being physically punished in childhood is a risk factor for depression, low self-esteem, rigidity, anxiety, and others problems. Also, the emotional parts could generate overall damage to both his or her life let alone his or her mental damage. In addition, these negative emotional reactions can create even worse problems than the punishment itself. For example, in South Korea, where I spent my childhood and teenage life, physical punishment is considered to be an effective educational tool which makes it an epidemic social phenomenon. In some cases, someone like an uncle, aunt, or a neighbor might discipline a child if they do not behave. Because of harsh physical punishment, a child might run away from home for a while and stay with a friend or relatives.
Second, physical punishment is prevalent everywhere around the world, but it should be eliminated because it could train children to use physical violent behavior. It brings negative impacts on the future of children. Research indicates that physical punishments could cause a deterioration of trust bonds between parents and children. Children subjected to corporal punishment may develop emotional behavior, such as resentfulness, shyness, insecurity, or violence. Adults who report having been slapped or spanked by their parents in their childhood are found to experience elevated rates of antisocial disorder, alcohol abuse or dependence and externalizing problems as adults. Furthermore, they may cause him or her to think or provoke suicidal behaviors later in their life time. One sure thing is that children will not turn to a life of crime because they were paddled at school.
Another reason of banning physical punishment is that it may lead to the point of child abuse. Physical punishment is the use of physical force with the intention to cause a child to experience pain but not injury. With that being…