Corporal punishment of children: Is corporal punishment consistent with international law?

  • As long as it is not abusive, corporal punishment is consistent with international law.

    As long as the corporal punishment given is not abusive, that is to say it is not severe or cause injury to a child, there is no reason it should violate international law. Although some may oppose all corporal punishment, there is no reason it should be illegal at a national or international level.

  • Corporal Punishment Isn't Abuse

    There is a fine line between corporal punishment and child abuse. Spanking a child isn't the same as starving a child to modify behavior. Spanking a child isn't the same as whipping your child to a bloody pulp. Parents should have the right to punish their children as they see fit as long as it doesn't break any local laws.

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