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Slapping a child in Woden

By dazzab - 7 February 2011 79

I was sitting outside Woden Plaza yesterday enjoying a cold drink and just watching the world go by.

I noticed a boy about 7 years old walking down a flight of stairs from the car park. His father (I assume) briskly walked past him and slapped him so hard across the back of the head that it made quite a loud sound which shocked me. The boy started to cry of course and just stood there while his father walked across the street and in to the shops with the meanest look I’ve seen in quite some time but no other reaction whatsoever.

Shortly afterwards the kids mother (again I’m assuming) came down the stairs behind him with a baby and younger boy in tow and yelled, ‘that’s what you get for being a naughty boy’ dragging him down the stairs with the rest of them. Just as they walked in front of me the older boy turned around and punched his little brother very hard obviously still quite upset which Mum ignored.

I have no idea what went on to cause this domestic but I can honestly say that if that kid gets slapped like that on a regular basis then I think he’s going to end up physically injured, not to mention the psychological impact. All I could think at the time was, ‘no wonder so many kids end up in such a mess’.

I left feeling quite helpless and sad.

What’s Your opinion?


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Slapping a child in Woden
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LMR 12:26 pm
07 Feb 11
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The upside is that with some parental discipline he may learn to respect authority and not end up a hoodie wearing thug robbing people and stealing cars. +1 for responsibe parenting.

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Davo111 12:46 pm
07 Feb 11
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Probably more effective than putting him on the naughty step

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Diggety 1:01 pm
07 Feb 11
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“I left feeling quite helpless and sad.” boo hoo.

It’s none of your business.

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Keijidosha 1:21 pm
07 Feb 11
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I saw a kid get smacked and thought I should complain on the internet to absolve my guilt for doing nothing at the time. Where can I collect my humanitarian prize?

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PBO 1:23 pm
07 Feb 11
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Diggety said :

“I left feeling quite helpless and sad.” boo hoo.

It’s none of your business.

+1, there needs to be more of this. We live in a society now where children are wrapped on cotton wool and dont get to learn things for themselves. Bring back the cane i say.

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eyeLikeCarrots 1:28 pm
07 Feb 11
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I don’t agree with the posts proclaiming guilt inspired Internet posting.

But I will say that some people just shouldn’t be allowed to have kids.

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buzz819 1:38 pm
07 Feb 11
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eyeLikeCarrots said :

I don’t agree with the posts proclaiming guilt inspired Internet posting.

But I will say that some people just shouldn’t be allowed to have kids.

You talking about the OP or the person in his story?

I know when I was younger, if I did something wrong, I got yelled at, did it again, got a smack, go back and do it a third time, I got a spanking and grounded. (Slow learner this one)

I haven’t turned into a junkie or a murderer or anything. Kids need to know that if you break the rules you have to suffer the consequences….

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Roadrage77 1:49 pm
07 Feb 11
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That stuff normally only happens at the Hyperdome.

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Mysteryman 2:05 pm
07 Feb 11
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LMR said :

The upside is that with some parental discipline he may learn to respect authority and not end up a hoodie wearing thug robbing people and stealing cars. +1 for responsibe parenting.

Davo111 said :

Probably more effective than putting him on the naughty step

PBO said :

Diggety said :

“I left feeling quite helpless and sad.” boo hoo.

It’s none of your business.

+1, there needs to be more of this. We live in a society now where children are wrapped on cotton wool and dont get to learn things for themselves. Bring back the cane i say.

Yep, yep, and yep.

Although I wouldn’t smack a child near his or her head/face. Smacking (appropriately) is a time-tested method of teaching discipline and consequences.

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weeziepops 2:08 pm
07 Feb 11
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Do something about it or STFU.

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chewy14 2:09 pm
07 Feb 11
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I can’t believe that this still happens in this day and age.
Obviously the parents should have taken the child into a quiet area and had a 10 minute conference explaining to the child what was wrong with his behaviour and remedial steps that the child could take to reform said bad behaviour. Perhaps a warning that if the behaviour continued a stint in the “naughty corner” would be next?

Dazzab,
maybe next time you see an event like this you can take the parents aside and direct them in the proper parenting method?

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Chaz 2:09 pm
07 Feb 11
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Diggety said :

“I left feeling quite helpless and sad.” boo hoo.

It’s none of your business.

indeed!!!

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Mr Gillespie 2:26 pm
07 Feb 11
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Animals have breeding licences. Why not people??

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LMR 2:49 pm
07 Feb 11
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Mr Gillespie said :

Animals have breeding licences. Why not people??

Because most of the people who go on about licences for kids are the ones most likely to be refused.

‘We MUST protect the children” Screw that, I want my R18+ for video games and my damn fireworks back!

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rosscoact 2:59 pm
07 Feb 11
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LMR said :

The upside is that with some parental discipline he may learn to respect authority and not end up a hoodie wearing thug robbing people and stealing cars. +1 for responsibe parenting.

Oops, looks like you posted on the wrong forum, apparently child abuse isn’t tolerated it’s to be actively encouraged.

“I got belted with a stick when I was young and it didn’t do me any harm” apparently it did but the people around you won’t say anything

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