In Canada, there is an organization for the protection of the rights of the child CFCYL, which is against the corporal punishment of children. Since 1998, the members of this organization are trying to fight the existing law. The point is that in paragraph 43 it is said that parents, teachers, and educators have the right to use physical force against children and pupils in educational measures.
In 2004, several clarifications were added to the law: you cannot hit on the head and use sticks, shoes and other items. The use of force is possible in an easy form and only with the help of the hand, for example, slaps are possible by hand on the butt (for educational purposes). The law does not protect those who resort to corporal punishment of the child in a state of anger. It’s about children from 2 to 12 years old.
The members of the organization CFCYL consider this law not fair and require the amendment of paragraph 43. They believe that corporal punishment of a child is one of the forms of discrimination. If any use of physical force between adults is prohibited and there is a law on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (race, color, sex, language, etc.), why is there still no such law with regard to age?
Data on the research from the organization CFCYL showed that:
Slapping on the butt does not bring long-term harm to the child and does not violate his development.
Children who were spanked in childhood and those who were not spanked are equally happy.
Proceeding from the above, slaps are not dangerous for children and do not harm their development. (This is not about beating but about the use of light physical strength for educational purposes).
But at the same time, slapping does not do any good. This is not effective and does not affect the corrective behavior of the child. The best way to raise a child is to teach them what is good, and what is bad.
In the process of the Canadian Fund for Children, Youth and the Law Against Canada (2004), the Supreme Court of Canada declared school corporal punishment outlawed. In public schools, the usual punishment tool was a rubber or canvas belt that was wound around the arm, while in private schools the paddle or stack was often used. In many parts of Canada, the belt has not been used in public schools since the 1970s or even earlier: it was claimed that it was not used in Quebec since the 1960s and was banned in Toronto in 1971. However, some schools in Alberta continued to use the belt before the ban in 2004.
In Canada, there is an organization for the protection of the rights of the child CFCYL, which is against the corporal punishment of children. Since 1998, the members of this organization are trying to fight the existing law.