Statistics reveal that almost 90 percent of the parents support physical punishment. Smacking occurs when children are more than four years old (Dorpat, 2007). It has also been observed that physical punishment is widespread across poor families and minorities. Besides from corporal punishment, scolding, yelling and swearing have detrimental effects n children. This paper discusses two negative side effects of physical punishment among children.
One of the major effects of corporal punishment among children is the likelihood of children to develop antisocial behavior. This is one of the emotional and psychological effects of physical punishment (Saunders and Goddard, 2009). Physical punishment is based on aggression and this leads to violent behavior by both the parent and the child. The child could channel this aggression and violence to their classmates resulting into bullying and violence in school. Other forms of negative behavior such as stealing, cheating or lying can be observed from children who have a history of physical punishment (Dorpat, 2007). The intended effect of physical punishment is discipline that is reversed in the long- run. Spanking and smacking have proven to be ineffective methods of instilling positive behavior. In the worst cases, physical punishment leads to resentment, anger and esteem issues. Additionally, physical punishment instills fear in children and cannot appropriately express themselves.
Secondly, corporal punishments negatively impacts on how children relate with other individuals in society. Physical punishment instills fear especially in young children and some parents mistake this for respect. They end up eliminating any chances of establishing a positive and healthy relationship with their children (Saunders and Goddard, 2009). These children often rebel against their parents’ instructions and isolate themselves from the rest of the