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

Most of the Echo 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, 8:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th October 2019, 9:46 am

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 533 people who voted, 119 (22%) said yes while 415 (78%) said no.

Echo 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.

Doreen Stenhouse said: “You reap you sow no discipline now look how some children are behaving.”

Kellie Howarth added: “One slap from my mum restored my factory settings. Didn’t dare disrespect after that.”

Some readers feel there are other ways to discipline children.

Lee Diston said: “I had a slap once, didn't do me any harm. However, I honestly think you can get the same results without resorting to that. I know plenty of kids who are well disciplined without feeling any physical actions.”

Mark Davies said: “I didn’t learn anything from being smacked. I learned from having things explained to me. Just take those extra few moments.”

These results were recorded at 8pm on Thursday, October 3.

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