National Initiative to End Corporal Punishment

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Did You Know

Paddling in schools is still allowed in 19 U.S. states.

Most parents in the U.S. believe spanking is necessary for discipline.

In over 1,500 research studies, most found that physical punishment is related to negative outcomes for children.

More than a dozen problems are linked to physical

punishment such as child behavior and mental health problems, difficulties with parents, violence, and health problems later in life.

A significant risk factor for physical abuse is parental use of physical punishment.

An alternative approach to discipline is called "positive parenting" or "positive discipline".

To date, 60 countries have banned all physical punishment of children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for an end to physical punishment.

With appropriate information and resources, parents can eliminate the use of physical punishment.