The first primary reason to condemn and reject corporal punishment is because of the potential long-term impact attained from the punishment. A catastrophic event such as a severe thrashing could trigger possible emotional and psychological damage for the future. Also the continuous build-up of events similar to this may lead to a troubling childhood, which could also affect social relationships and encounters leading into adulthood. Corporal punishment could also affect the victim in the long-term because of the message implied through the beating. This form of physical interaction erroneously teaches children that violence is permissible and is an acceptable tactic to deal with situations.
Secondly, another reason why corporal punishment is an immoral way to discipline children is because of the injury hazards and risks involved. As this practice usually involves an adult forcefully beating a child, the potential injury risks are excessive and unnecessary. Also, the concept of corporal punishment also requires the pain inflicted to continually intensify which may lead to a steady build-up of severe damage and countless injuries.
Finally, corporal punishment should not be encouraged because of the way the children are being treated in this physical process as well as the rate of success of this form of punishment. Ideally, corporal punishment uses physical force to imprint a lesson into the child’s mind. However, children should not be treated as animals. They should not have to be forcefully beat in order to properly act and behave. There are many other tactics to teach a child how to properly behave; yet this one is commonly used out of frustration and anger. Needless to say, the use of corporal punishment is only employed as a last result where adults are at the breaking point of their fury – an insensible reason for them to resort to this form of punishment.
Although many parents find this form of “learning” and discipline favorable, the disadvantages and effects of this practice far outweigh the benefits – if any. First of all, it leads a bad example and promotes violence as a way to handle situations. It also may lead to long-term impact on a child’s social interaction and psychological behavior. However, most of all – this tactic does not appear to fully solve the parent’s problem and is commonly used as a way to release their rage and frustration. To conclude, corporal punishment should not be allowed as the drastic disadvantages greatly outweigh the gains.