Tuesday, 14 Aug 12
This week, parents and children take centre stage as Insight looks at what’s acceptable when it comes to disciplining children.
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Researchers like Andre Renzaho from Monash University say that migrants from collectivist cultures often find Australian parenting styles too laidback, and are surprised to learn that smacking can be frowned upon. Of course there are also many people born here in Australia who say there is nothing wrong with the occasional smack.
Corporal punishment is legal in Australia, so the question remains whether parents should have the freedom to discipline their kids as they see fit.
And it’s not just smacking. We also look at other methods of keeping kids in line – everything from ‘time out’, removal of privileges, withholding food, or, as one of our guests puts it simply, “The Look”.
Producers: Meggie Palmer and Kate Mayhew
Associate Producer: Mawunyo Gbogbo
Researcher: Anna Belgiorno-Nettis
Meet the Guests
Pinky McKay and Larissa Sampson