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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Children's Discipline

A Victorian legal ruling in 1850 made it legal to hit children. Chief Justice Cockburn made the ruling, in a case where a father had beaten his son to death.

The Children and Young Persons Act was passed by the British Parliament in 1933 making it legal for a parent to hit a child if it can be shown that only “reasonable chastisement” was intended. Whipping young children was banned.

Sweden became the first country in the world to ban smacking in 1979.

In 1998 The European Court of Human Rights said that English law is failing to protect children from beatings.

It’s illegal in Iceland for parents to threaten children with fictional characters.

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