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Child Abuse Vs. Child Discipline
Transcript of Child Abuse Vs. Child Discipline
The public themselves struggle with differentiating on where to draw the line between "abuse" and "discipline".
Spanking and many other forms of physical punishments are not necessarily found abusive.
But it always depends on the severity of the act, and the age of the child.
Through discipline, children are taught to become responsible, honest kind, sharing people.
Discipline is always seen as an act of love by the caregiver.
Can involve physical harm, but not in extreme cases such as abuse.
Those who believe they are using appropriate disciplinary techniques even if it includes hitting, will not see their actions as abusive.
Many parents feel that they can no longer "hit" their children, from fear of being labeled as abusers.
But being too lenient can lead to children growing up having no respect towards their elders or social institutions.
Abuse in itself is to treat harmful, injurious, or offensive way
The term "child abuse" brings to mind physical harm.
This image is most likely drawn from the extensive media coverage of child abuse. Coverage that does not help distinguish between the line of "abuse" and "discipline".
When presented with the term "Child abuse" most associate the term with physical abuse.
Most believe factors such as alcohol and drug abuse, and economic stress are causes for child abuse, pertaining to the lower class
This view burrows the problem into this narrow segment of society and not society as a whole.
The subject of child discipline has always been placed under cultural relativism.
Studies found how young african american mothers would use physical discipline.
White parents were too lenient, and would lecture their children.
Rule Utilitarianism summarizes al the right actions at a given time into a rule and any action that follows that rule is right.
Ex: would be to follow a rule that protects children from being abused.
It wouldn't allow children to suffer abuse when they don't deserve it and it is harming them.
A rule that would protect the innocent children will produce more utility than following the principle of act utilitarianism
Act U, would protect the abused children if it maximized happiness. Not becuase it followed a rule that was morally right.
Kant's Categorical Imperative
To Kant morality can be summed up into one ultimate imperative.
Defined an imperative as any proposition declaring a certain action to be necessary
An act is morally right only if the underlying rule of conduct can be universally applied to yourself and others.
This would be a line between abuse and discipline, would abusing a child be universally correct?
Act in a way that you would treat humanity, never as a means.
Doing one's duty to treat other as an end not a means to an end.
Never treat someone as a tool (means to an end.)
Never treat a child as an inanimate object but as an equal. A human being.
By breaking this rule you would be abusing the child in a number of ways. One could put this under child slavery