According to Sky News ,parents in Scotland are no longer allowed to smack their children after the passing of a law making physical punishment illegal.

This gives children the same protection from violence as adults by removing the defense of ‘justifiable assault’.

It also means Scotland has become the first country in the UK to make physical punishment a criminal offence, bringing the country in line with United Nations recommendations.

Scotland becomes first part of UK to ban smacking children

A similar law was also passed in South Africa in early September 2019, also making the spanking of children unconstitutional.

In my opinion, children should be protected against every form of assault and violence especially in the home, a place which is supposed to be a child’s safest heaven.

However, spanking has been entrenched in certain cultures as a way to correct a child, especially in African cultures. As an African (as most Africans can relate ), the fear of spanking keeps you in check! This is the oldest trick of the trade of parenthood and it works! We cannot share enough stories of when legendary spanking/smacking reset our brains to good old kids.

Is spanking ever ok..

But then, we understood that spanking didn’t mean our parents didn’t love us, it was simply, ‘If you do something bad, then you better get ready for what’s coming to you’. That kept us in line; honest, obedient, respectful to elders, not playing in the living room *when we can help it* and in general being a good kid.

There were also alternatives to smacking then such as leather sandals, wooden spoons and lazer eyes. You know, that look especially from mothers, that says “don’t try me!”

While we reminisce on the old correctional method of upbringing, i dare say we are in a time where things need to be changed especially now that gender-based violence and violence towards children has experienced an alarming rise in the past years. A study by the United Nations in 2017 shows that children who live with their guardians and not biological parents as they are the easiest targets of domestic violence.

While we welcome this new change of protecting children from violence,  child right organizations should also look towards sensitization for parents and guardians on proper correctional methods and encourage healthy environments for growing children. The focus should be on what other disciplinary measures can parents adopt? because whether we like it or not, children need to learn that there are consequences for bad actions. This will help submerge the boomerang effect of this law and avoid raising recalcitrant children who in turn become unruly teenagers and grow to become law breaking adults in the society.

Follow Glam Africa on social media: @GLAMAFRICAMAG

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube


  1. I just want to tell you that I’m newbie to blogs and seriously enjoyed your blog site. More than likely I’m want to bookmark your site . You absolutely have amazing stories. Thanks a lot for sharing your webpage.

  2. Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make
    a very good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never seem
    to get nearly anything done.

  3. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your website?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.

    But maybe you could a little more in the way of
    content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of
    text for only having one or 2 images. Maybe you could space it
    out better?

  4. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to
    say that I have truly loved browsing your blog posts.

    After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  5. Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with
    us so I came to take a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m
    bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Fantastic
    blog and superb style and design.

  6. I have been surfing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made good
    content as you did, the web will be much more useful than ever

  7. It is perfect time to make some plans for the long
    run and it is time to be happy. I have learn this put up and if I may I
    desire to suggest you few attention-grabbing issues or suggestions.
    Perhaps you can write subsequent articles relating to this article.
    I desire to learn even more issues about it!

  8. Whats up are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying
    to get started and set up my own. Do you need any html
    coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be
    really appreciated!

  9. I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s equally educative and amusing, and without
    a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that too few folks are speaking intelligently about.
    I am very happy that I came across this during my hunt for something relating to this.

  10. Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you ever been running a blog for?
    you made running a blog look easy. The full look of your site is great,
    let alone the content material!

  11. Greetings! Quick question that’s entirely off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My weblog looks weird when browsing from my apple iphone.
    I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to
    fix this issue. If you have any recommendations, please
    share. Appreciate it!

  12. It is in reality a great and helpful piece of info.
    I’m satisfied that you just shared this useful info with us.
    Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for

  13. I simply couldn’t leave your site prior to suggesting that I really loved the usual information a person supply to your
    guests? Is gonna be back steadily in order to investigate cross-check new posts

  14. I blog frequently and I truly appreciate your content.

    This article has truly peaked my interest. I’m going to
    bookmark your site and keep checking for new details about once a week.

    I subscribed to your Feed as well.

  15. I was recommended this website by my cousin. I am not sure whether
    this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my difficulty.

    You’re incredible! Thanks!

  16. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your website provided us with valuable info to work on.
    You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

Comments are closed.