Violent disciplining of kids banned

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The House of Representatives has unanimously banned violent forms of disciplining children.

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The chamber approved House Bill 4907 or the Positive Discipline Act which prohibits all forms of corporal punishment and humiliating or degrading chastisement to children such as kicking, slapping, pulling hair and dragging.

Also, the Positive Discipline Act outlaws the use of threats to force children to perform physically painful or damaging acts such as kneeling on stones, refusal to provide the child’s physical needs and tying up a child, as well as verbal abuse, swearing or cursing, and making a child look or feel foolish in front of one’s peers or public.

“We strongly discourage parents and guardians to discipline with sticks, which, in the long run, may prove counterproductive, for both parents and children. Effective and positive discipline establishes the foundation for children to learn self-discipline, protects them from dangers of violent discipline and help instill in them the value of self-control and responsibility,” Akbayan Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez, one of the authors of the measure, said.

Violators of the proposed law face six months imprisonment, except when a higher penalty is provided for under the Revised Penal Code or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act.

“Through this bill, we hope to instill a nurturing environment where young Filipinos will grow, explore and develop into productive citizens and future leaders,” Gutierrez said.

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