The smacking debate: Thoughts?
According to new research, 77 percent of New Zealanders would back a law change to allow parents the right to give their children a smack that is “reasonable and for the purpose of correction.”
In the recent poll of 1000 randomly selected people, the majority of respondents (77 %) also said they didn’t believe the anti-smacking law had any effect on child abuse, while 68 % of respondents said they would still smack their children to correct behaviour.
Despite the findings, Anthea Simcock, Chief Executive for advocacy group Child Matters, did not want to see the law changed: "The current act makes it quite clear that hitting children as a correctional action is not acceptable and that people cannot hurt a child and then claim as a defence that they were using 'reasonable force'."
Meanwhile Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First - the advocacy group that commissioned the research - says that: "Politicians probably hoped that the opposition to the anti-smacking law would eventually disappear, but this poll simply reiterates that the law is being disrespected and flouted, and is seen of no real value."
What do you think about the anti-smacking law? Has it changed the way you discipline or intend to discipline your children? Have your say in the comments below.
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