Chapter 11. An Ideal Childhood

  1. Bernadette J. Saunders and
  2. Chris Goddard

Published Online: 3 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684405.ch11

Physical Punishment in Childhood: The Rights of the Child

Physical Punishment in Childhood: The Rights of the Child

How to Cite

Saunders, B. J. and Goddard, C. (2010) An Ideal Childhood, in Physical Punishment in Childhood: The Rights of the Child, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684405.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470682562

Online ISBN: 9780470684405

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Keywords:

  • ideal childhood;
  • ‘using words as arguments, not blows’;
  • replacing words such as ‘smack’ and ‘spank’ with words ‘hit’ and ‘assault’;
  • change involving modification of entrenched attitudes and behaviours - slow and incremental;
  • children being silenced no longer;
  • children, being our future - have got to be important;
  • tolerance of physical punishment;
  • children as individuals with the same rights to physical integrity;
  • violence directed at children - similar to violence directed at adults

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Advancing children's perspectives

  • The importance of language

  • The rights of the child

  • The way forward