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Started: 2/19/2019 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Spanking children is the easiest, Most effective form of discipline. I do admit that there are forms of physical punishment that can go too far, Simple methods are absolutely fine.

Look at what society was like years ago. Children would do as their parents tolled them. They would not fight back or argue. Now you see the children taking charge of the house. Rebellious teens are common in modern society. Parents have become weak and unable to control them because they did not discipline them correctly at a younger age.

As the children get older, The method of punishment can change. Confiscating items would not work as effectively when they are a child. However that method works a lot better when they are teens. If you punish them correctly, You may not even need to punish them as much as a teen.


Well when you say spanking your child is the best means of discipline a child it"s not, In facts it illegal in America kids get taught this number and there parents can get arrested from doing so would you want to get arrested from just spanking your kids. As a kid taking there phones, PS4, Etc would be the best form of discipline since if it means most to them they will listen, Stop and do as there told. On this website that I have found says

"Spanking destroys mental health.
Spanking increases delinquency and criminal behavior.
Spanking makes it more likely the child will be physically abused. "
(https://www. Psychologytoday. Com/us/blog/moral-landscapes/201309/research-spanking-it-s-bad-all-kids)

"Children spanked frequently and/or severely are at higher risk for mental health problems, Ranging from anxiety and depression to alcohol and drug abuse, According to some research studies. Children whose parents hit them regularly may also develop more distant parent-child relationships later on. "
(https://www. Brookings. Edu/research/hitting-kids-american-parenting-and-physical-punishment/)

Both of these websites state that when you spank you kid you will later on have depression and have a lots of health problems. Yes this will happen over time and you will have to do it a lot, But yes I know you going to say "do it hard so they get the point" but how hard do you have to spank a kid before you it"s to late and they ring the number, You going to be in jail. I think if you love you kids enough just taking what"s important will be the best form of punishment.
Debate Round No. 1


I am aware it is illegal in America. We are not debating that. We are debating whether or not is is morally correct.

When you state that spanking a child destroys their mental health, Then why was it not evident when capital punishment was in schools. Society back then relied on that method of punishment, And it worked. Now if it is illegal to hit your kids in America now, Then why is their a raise in youth crime. Currently, One third of young Americans are arrested by the age of 23. Is there a correlation between a lack of punishment and a rise in youth crime? Evidence suggests that it is a possibility.

You can watch videos online called world strictest parents. The parents of those children are weak and refuse to spank their children. When they go to a new family, Those new parents are very strict. There is one occasion when a family hired a professional security guard with a carbine rifle in order to scare the kids. And guess what, It works.

However, The people in those videos are teenagers. Those tactics would not usuallt work on children. If anything they would be interested in that carbine rifle because they may have never seen one before. The methods you are taking about mainly works on teenagers or pre-teens. If you take away a toy from a child, They will probably just find a new one to play with. It will not be effective. When you spank a child, They would not like you for a few minutes, But they will eventually learn their lesson and get over it.


Well in a sense yes spanking your child back then in schools and work but why did why stop it, People when to far and thats why it"s illegal now, If it was a good means and people think that you should use the cane then why not use it now. With the crime being at the age of 23 yes there might be lack of punishment but my punishment is taking electronics off them, You can teach your kids not to do what they do, They have programs like beyond scared straight where they just scare them again another tactics which is not hitting them. Worldest strictest parents are scripted to make it look like they actually are getting better towards the end, When they are on these shows they don't hit or touch the kids they take there precious things like there phone, Smoke but the show is the worst of the worst kids not every kid is like that. With the
Debate Round No. 2


The reason physical punishment is no longer in school is because of people like you that believe it is dangerous towards the child. It was very effective when it was being used, But society decided that it is cruel towards children and decided not to use it. I disagree with the fact that it is cruel and believe it would be a good idea even in modern society. My dad was given the cane for running in the hall. Guess what, He did not run in the hall after that. The method works.

When taking away toys from children, It is not hard to find a different toy until they can get that one back. That is why spanking is a lot more effective. You have to find something that they will not like, Then use that against them in order to stop them from doing something bad. If a cat does something wrong, Most cats hate water spray bottles, So the owner uses a spray bottle. The cat should eventually realise it is doing something wrong and stop doing it in order to avoid the spray bottle. This works with children. When they have done something wrong, They will be spanked by their parents. Eventually, They will stop in order to avoid being hit.

Thank you for a very interesting debate. Good luck in the voting stage.

(Also I think you made a mistake in your last statement. The final sentence is incomplete. It may not be your fault but I thought it should be bought up so you are aware. )


Well in fact that yes the cane did work but society has changed and is not the same so no wonder it changed yes it works but again schools use other things to make people listen and yes it works like take laptop of them or iPad. With the toy situation okay yes you can take the toy and thy will find another one but they will kick and scream and then you will put them into your room then you come back and talk about what you did, Give the toy back and then done he learned and then it"s fine.

In my opinion you should not hit your kid pretty much child abuse so in my opinion it"s not a responsible parent and if the kid ends up calling the cops then you can stop them from telling the cops they hit me to hard. But you should not hit your kids

Thanks for the debate very good debate and wish you all the best for voting.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by K_Michael_Tolman 3 years ago
Hellooo? !
Read the comments! Corporal punishment is not illegal in the home, And is allowed even in school in 19 states!
Posted by K_Michael_Tolman 3 years ago
Guys! It's not illegal in America! Even schools are allowed to carry out corporal punishment in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, And Wyoming.
Posted by K_Michael_Tolman 3 years ago
I wouldn't say that spanking is the most effective form of punishment. First off, Punishment itself isn't necessary. Discipline often carries a form of punishment, But it is rarely physical. When training a dog, You don't swat its behind, You rebuke it with words. You reinforce that every time it does something wrong. (I'm not saying that you should train your children like dogs. ) Children are much more emotionally sensitive. If you want your children to resent you, Then go ahead and spank them.

I'm not saying that physical punishment should be illegal, Either. If your child is purposefully being insolent, I think a spanking may be called for. However, It should never be your first response when your child does something wrong.
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