The smacking debate: Thoughts?

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.



Niamh Osborne on 02 April 2013 14:21
I'd just like to point out that the "anti smacking bill" does condone discipline conducted in a loving way as shown by the act itself : " Section 59 of crimes act 1961- Parental control
(1)Every parent of a child and every person in the place of a parent of the child is justified in using force if the force used is reasonable in the circumstances and is for the purpose of—
(a)preventing or minimising harm to the child or another person; or
(b)preventing the child from engaging or continuing to engage in conduct that amounts to a criminal offence; or
(c)preventing the child from engaging or continuing to engage in offensive or disruptive behaviour; or
(d)performing the normal daily tasks that are incidental to good care and parenting." Much of the reasoning behind the amendment to section 59 was based on the courts needing a tool to prosecute parents who disciplined children in an abusive way but were getting away with it under the guise of parental discipline. I am comfortable to smack my child in a loving way should I need to and know this law still allows me too.


on 28 March 2013 21:39
It has not changed m view,and never will,I will smack my daughter in public or wherever,I was smacked when I needed it as a child and I truly believe it made me a better person and taught me respect.


Veronica Vanderlee on 30 March 2013 09:46
hi there there are some kids outthere that need a smack or a tap so they no thats a no no u can get way way with not smacking them but then u find they will contoll u soon or later i thin its wrong its there ae but saying that the one that give there kids a hinding thatsa big no no

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