Dw-SouthAfrica.With an increase of bullying and violence in South African schools and Universities could the new law stating that All forms of corporal punishment are now illegal and a punishable offense be the solution to the problem of bullying and violence seen among our youth?
According to research it was found that most children partaking in bully or violent behave at school have been exposed to it at home. It was also found that the most common violent behaviour that children are exposed to at home is some form of corporal punishment. Children who experience some form of neglect, abuse (physical, emotional and sexual), harsh punishment such as corporal punishment and violence tend to be more prone to subjecting the same kind of behaviour to classmates. Is it any wonder though, we as parents are supposed to be role models for our children? How can we condemn their bad behaviour at school if it started with us as parents and how we’ve treated them at home to begin with?
Children who grow up in healthy, stable homes where violence is not tolerated, but rather positive forms of discipline where the child is taught the correct behaviour and given a chance to correct themselves rather than just getting a “good spanking” not only produce children who are happier, more confident and more tolerant of others, but also children who are less likely to bully or even commit violent crimes as an adult later on.
The issue of bullying and being bullied at school starts at home with the way we treat our kids and the morals and principles we instil in them, let’s hope we see a positive change.