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Dave_82
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Evalasting
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spanking children should be allowed

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Started: 3/13/2012 Category: Society
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Dave_82

Pro

It occurs to me that as kids realize how little their parents are allowed to do in terms of punishment, the more they know they can get away with. Time outs amd grounding just don't work.
Evalasting

Con

I disagree. Spanking is an unnecessary way to discipline a child. It is a violent act that can breed more negative results than positive ones, especially in the long term. It breeds fear, not respect. It also teaches children that to get what they want, they should resort to violent acts, like the ones done to them in order for their parents get what they want.
Debate Round No. 1
Dave_82

Pro

Our society has not been "anti-spanking" for long enough to measure the long term effects. This is not the case for other countries. Sweden imposed a ban on physical punishment 30 years ago. In almost every aspect, the behavior and social adaptation made a downturn in the years following the ban (1). Besides that, children that know that they can't be physically punished realize it and understand how much they can get away with.
Evalasting

Con

"Our society has not been "anti-spanking" for long enough to measure the long term effects."
-First, the U.S. does not have to have a spanking ban in order for research to be done on the possible short & long term effects of spanking. With that said, there are many studies that suggest spanking children can have negative and long term effects on children. Most findings show that there can be an increase in aggression, possible increase in anti-social behaviors, and it can even slow down the development of mental ability in children. That is only to name a few.
Here are some links:
http://pubpages.unh.edu...
http://www.phoenixchildrens.com...
http://eprs7900.com...
http://board.freedomainradio.com...
http://nospank.net...

"This is not the case for other countries. Sweden imposed a ban on physical punishment 30 years ago. In almost every aspect, the behavior and social adaptation made a downturn in the years following the ban (1)."
-As far as Sweden goes, there are no criminal penalties for spanking your child. Its mostly used for public education and assisting parents that are having trouble disciplining their kids. (Sweden and 8 other countries now ban spanking. Consistent with the humane principles underlying the Swedish ban, there are no provisions for criminal penalties, only for public education and for helping parents who are having trouble maintaining discipline. Fears that children would be "running wild" have proven to be unfounded.) http://www.canadianmedicaljournal.ca...
Another source says that the purpose for Sweden to pass the law was so they wanted to change the public's attitude towards corporal punishment, increase early identification for children who may be at risk for child abuse, and they also wanted to "promote earlier and more supportive intervention to families". Which, it seems, the country has been successful at. When it comes to the higher reporting's of violence, the increase can be attributed to increased reporting's, which results from one of Sweden's goals when passing the law. Not to mention that there are also other factors to consider with regards to Sweden, because they have had many other social changes. There is an increase in youth unemployment, erosions of social welfare programs, and the importations of violent video games and television programs in the country.(http://snifferdogonline.com...'s%20Corporal%20Punishment%20Ban.pdf)

"Besides that, children that know that they can't be physically punished realize it and understand how much they can get away with."
-This claim is not supported by research. In fact, most research suggests that spankings are only short term solutions. Spanking do not change the unwanted behavior for the the long term (because its based on fear) and spanking alone does not teach children WHY their behavior is wrong. It also doesn't teach children how to behave appropriately or why behaving appropriately is beneficial to them and everyone else. There is very little research that suggests that there may be positive benefits to spanking in the long term.

Not only does spanking put kids at a higher risk for behavioral issues, it also put them at higher risk for child abuse. And it doesn't correct behavior in the long term, according to research. The negatives outweigh whatever positive outcomes my opponent has failed to prove.
Debate Round No. 2
Dave_82

Pro

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Evalasting

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Debate Round No. 3
Dave_82

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Evalasting

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Debate Round No. 4
Dave_82

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Evalasting

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Debate Round No. 5
8 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 8 records.
Posted by kiwipop 5 years ago
kiwipop
i used to be against spanking until i had kids and realized sometimes it really is needed
Posted by kiwipop 5 years ago
kiwipop
i used to be against spanking until i had kids and realized sometimes it really is needy..
Posted by Dave_82 5 years ago
Dave_82
Here's the source. Sorry. Stupid phone, lol
http://www.newsmax.com...
Posted by Dave_82 5 years ago
Dave_82
Yeah, I could have been clearer about that, sorry. What I meant was it seems the legality of spanking is on the way out, and I am of the opinion that that would do more harm than good.
Posted by Evalasting 5 years ago
Evalasting
Lol. Yes it is legal to spank your child. I don't think pro is arguing the legality as much as he may be arguing about the meddling that can happen when you spank your children (by peers or the law).
Posted by 1dustpelt 5 years ago
1dustpelt
Isn't it already alowed?
Posted by Dave_82 5 years ago
Dave_82
Sweet. Battle of the ninjas!!
Posted by Dave_82 5 years ago
Dave_82
Sweet. Battle of the ninjas!!
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