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Ya_Boi_Em
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Should you step in to monitor a parent talking insultingly to a child

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Started: 2/18/2018 Category: People
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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debatemoez

Pro

First you have to determine that the words being spoken to/at the child are insulting in both words used and tone/volume of voice. If it is obvious in any reasonable person's definition of insultingly - then YES! Step in and be a peace maker. Do not abuse the parent or his/her right to discipline their charge, but rather chose a tone and words that will calm the situation so that you can bring into focus the real reason for this open berating.
The parent, in all hope, will discover their error and make steps to correct any future confrontations with the child.
The child, in all hope, will understand that respect is important and that they have value. Thus propelling a different and productive form of communication between them and any and all people they encounter.
This does not apply to an obviously abusive situation. And by abusive I mean abuse being delivered by either participant (child or adult). We are all well aware of children that go into phases of blatant disrespect for adults and positions of adults. A calm and thoughtful mind should prevail.
Ya_Boi_Em

Con

I can personally think that, yes,it should be taken care of. But, no, if the child is being verbally abused, you should not step in to stop it. There has to be a reason for this matter, whether it's a mental illness, or the child has gotten in trouble, you don't know in this situation. You shouldn't report it to anyone, because you don't know if the parent has a mental illness or not. Nor should you step in to stop it, because the child could be in trouble and is being punished. There should be no reason for stepping in to stop it.
Debate Round No. 1
debatemoez

Pro

We half agree actually. I support that there could be a valid reason for the discipline. My argument is the type of discipline being administered. If it is obviously abusive - it should be monitored. But stepping in should be handled with respect to both the parent and the child because, yes, a person would NOT have the whole story. But abusive behaviour is wrong.
Ya_Boi_Em

Con

You can't be sure of abusive behaviour yet. Stepping in to monitor it would be useless, because it's a parent. They know what they're doing. There should be no reason to monitor it in this situation. If the child has not been harmed physically, there's no reason to care, yet. In our childhoods, we have all been yelled at by adults, teachers, or our parents. There was a reason for it every time that happened. If it gets to a concerning rate for the child's parent, the the child's parent should step in.
Debate Round No. 2
debatemoez

Pro

I won't insult your intelligence - you believe what you are saying is true...
but the facts show that not all parents value their positions and do their best at all times. Some adults have tortured and killed their own children. And even more demonstrated is that abusive behaviour ranges from physical to verbal to emotional and all are equally damaging. I do not assume that because an adult is disciplining a child - they are abusing them - I am speaking to obvious ridiculing, harsh insulting words and demeaning tones that are not discipline - but bullying. And certainly they are not behaviours of a parent concerned with raising a respectable future adult.
Ya_Boi_Em

Con

If the parent was really an abuser, they would have physically abused the child by now. A deep tone and actual insulting words shall be handled by the adult who is saying the insulting words. You can't assume the current child's age in this situation. They could be arguing like we are currently are now. If you are so worried about the situation, do what your parents have told you your entire life. Keep telling somebody until someone listens. It shouldn't be so bad you'd have to step in. There should be no situation for this matter.

Whichever way this argument goes, thank you for putting up a good fight.

-Em
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by debatemoez 3 years ago
debatemoez
I won't insult your intelligence - you believe what you are saying is true...
but the facts show that not all parents value their positions and do their best at all times. Some adults have tortured and killed their own children. And even more demonstrated is that abusive behaviour ranges from physical to verbal to emotional and all are equally damaging. I do not assume that because an adult is disciplining a child - they are abusing them - I am speaking to obvious ridiculing, harsh insulting words and demeaning tones that are not discipline - but bullying. And certainly they are not behaviours of a parent concerned with raising a respectable future adult.
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