Majority of Northumberland Gazette readers don't think it should be made illegal for parents to smack their children

Most of the Gazette readers who voted in a recent poll have said that they don’t think it should be made illegal for parents to smack their children.

Thursday, 3rd October 2019, 20:40 pm
Updated Sunday, 13th October 2019, 14:38 pm

These opinions come after members of the Scottish Parliament prepared to vote over a change in the law.

In a recent online poll, we asked you: “Do you think it should be made illegal for parents to smack their children?”

Out of the 407 people who voted, 86 (21%) said yes while 321 (79%) said no.

Gazette readers have been keen to share their thoughts on the issue.

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Some people believe that this shouldn’t be made illegal.

June Parkin said: “There is a difference between really laying into a child and giving them a light slap, back of the legs. Take my word for it it works. I had a hard time in my childhood it hasn't damaged me.”

Others feel there are other ways to discipline children and that smacking children should be illegal.

Phil Hopper said: “Who knew there were so many adults keen on physically assaulting kids still?”

Margaret Kerr added: “How would they know though? Fair enough if you see someone but most abuse is done behind closed doors.”

John Loyd said: “Poor parenting causes smacking.”

These results were recorded at 8.40pm on Thursday, October 3.

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