Corporal punishment is a controversial way to bring up children. Parents are highly discouraged by law in hongkong but some parents still believe that only corporal punishment can correct the misbehaviour of children. It's not uncommon to see it happened.

I'm wondering if it's common in other cultures too. Did you receive these punishment from parents and teachers? What's the magnitude of the punishment they did to you? Is it common in your countries?
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Hi there
that's an interestng subject you bring up..
In France, it is absolutely forbidden for the teachers to inflict corporal punishments on children, no matter what the reason could be.
Regarding the parents, it's discouraged but practised. But it is important to keep in mind the difference between a child who is regularly beaten by his parents ( and in this case, they can be punished by law) and a child who receive a slap once in a while because his parents consider he deserves it.
It seems that it is common in the world. Unfortunately in Turkey this punishment is like that. Not only parents but also teachers use this method to make children settled down. I remember from my primary school years, parent meetings used to be taken place in primary schools and in these days, teachers tell parents their children's studying and characteristic situation. In these days, according to my parents' said, some parents having naughty children said to teachers that if their children behaved naughtily, he/she could beat the child. I was shocked and couldn't understand that how can a mother or father can allow his/her children's being beaten. However, such events occur in Turkey and this is so concerned about education.
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But it is important to keep in mind the difference between a child who is regularly beaten by his parents ( and in this case, they can be punished by law) and a child who receive a slap once in a while because his parents consider he deserves it.


I agree. That is a big distinction.

Yau, back in my days, HK teachers hit their students with rulers.
By the way, are you a university student in HK?
It is no longer as widely practiced as it used to be a couple of decades ago in my country but it still happens. I agree that there is difference between regularly beating a child and giving him/her a slight slap on the backside from time to time, though I don't think I'll be able to do it on my child. However, I find it disgusting to slap a child (or anybody) in the face. I've never been beaten by my parents (though I may have deserved it) and I havent' become a rascal.
About 20 years ago, my teacher not just lashed students, but they also performed this on the stage during an assembly. Students were forced to lay down on a chair (doggy sex position), showed up their butt and received an unmercy punishment.

As they had cried on the stage, teachers asked if they felt hurted. Of course students said "yes, it hurts!!" Then teachers lashed their butt again, and asked "you dare do it again?!! huh?!" Students surrendered by promising he would never misbehave. Teachers felt victory and they lashed several more time and demanded these victims to make the promise louder! Louder!

It's my experience in a hongkong fairly famous primary school, and fortunately I quitted the school before my age were old enough to receive these treatments. But watching it is scary enough to kids.
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God, that is scary...it beats me how teachers can inflinge such treatements on kids, and how parents let this happen..
hi julie, I've been punished by a ruler too. It was thick like a Palm PDA, and it really hurted! Btw, I graduated a few years ago.
In British schools, the kids beat up the teachers. If the teachers complain, the parents come in and give them a kicking too.
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