If You Can Think of Creative Alternatives to Spanking Children, You Could Win $2,000

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11th annual SpankOut Day is calling on grandparents, parents, teachers, caregivers and even children to come up with creative ways through video to promote positive discipline.

Physical Punishment of Children in the U.S.: What Research Tells Us About Its Effects on Children

April 30th marks the eleventh annual SpankOut Day - a day devoted to providing information to the public on positive discipline of children. This year, End Physical Punishment of Children (EPOCH-USA) is offering a $2,000 prize to the person who can create the most creative, salient video offering alternatives to spanking. The "Speak, Not Spank." video contest is seeking entrants to submit three-minute videos on effects of physical punishment and/or alternatives to its use with the goal of capturing appealing, inventive ways to raise awareness of effects of physical punishment of children and to promote positive discipline. The deadline for submission is August l5, 2009. The first prize is $2,000. Entry information can be found at http://www.stophitting.org

Providing appropriate and adequate discipline to children is of great concern to parents. EPOCH-USA (End Physical Punishment of Children) sponsors SpankOut Day USA April 30th to provide information to the public on positive discipline of children. Since its inception in l998, hundreds of non-profit agencies have received mini-grants from the Center for Effective Discipline to support informational programs on positive discipline of children and effects of physical punishment. In 2008, more than l, 000 parents participated in the programs and evaluated their effectiveness. Outcomes are at http://www.stophitting.com/index.php?page=spankout

Positive discipline is teaching rather than punishment. It requires adults to teach children to become self-disciplined, caring and responsible. It is neither permissive nor punitive. Examples include:

  •     Think of misbehavior as a mistake rather than on purpose. It helps you to stay calm and think of ways to teach better behavior.
  •     Teach children the behavior you want to see.
  •     Provide firm, age appropriate limits. Correct misbehavior quickly. A few words may be all that is necessary.
  •     Infants and toddlers should not be hit or shaken. They need to be removed from problem situations or distracted.
  •     Praise children and listen to their concerns.
  •     Encourage children to think about what they have done, how they have harmed others and how to make amends.

While spanking children is quick and usually stops misbehavior for the moment, its negative effects outweigh positive effects. Throughout the world, ending physical punishment of children has been the goal of governments, child advocates and many non-profit organizations to help stem the rising tide of child abuse and to give children the right adults have to be free from physical harm. Twenty four nations now prohibit all physical punishment of children, even in homes.
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EPOCH-USA is a program of the Center for Effective Discipline, a non-profit organization since l993. EPOCH-USA seeks to end corporal punishment of children through education and legal reform. For more information, visit http://www.stophitting.com


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