Justice in the Home

Children's voice and place in the home through discipline

According to Supernanny...

Why Children Need Discipline?

  • has a significant influence on the child’s personality/goals & shows sense of security
  • Should be viewed more as “teaching” your child, rather than “controlling” them
  • Goal: educating them what behaviour is acceptable & how discipline is not just about punishment but recognizing/awarding good behaviour.
  • for example: Maintain rules and authority at all times...."Bond with the child through realistic threats"

Children have the right to emotional and physical integrity


The main goal when spanking is to:

  1. punish misbehaviour to reduce recurrence of undesirable behaviour
  2. to increase desirable behaviour in the future

Spanking is ineffective:

  • Children respond faster to other methods such as time outs
  • Less of a long-term effect
  • Can lead to later abuse
  • Can be confusing and hurtful to children in multiple ways


  • All UN members states, except the United States and Somalia, have participated in the idea of UN convention on the rights of the child
  • In Janurary 2009, a poll was conducted to see if people of Australia thought that smacking a child should be banned, it turns out that 93.8 percent said no?
  • 58 percent of citizens in UK thought that physical discipline of a child was OK in some situations.
  • In 2002 legislation was developed where a parent could not provide force to the neck or head of the child, if it could harm the child for a period that is longer than “short” time.
  • "Among young children aged 19 to 35 months, frequent parental use of discipline strategies ranged from 26% (spanking) to 65% (taking away toy or treat), 67% (yelling), 70% (using time out), and 90% (providing explanations)"

Autonomy and Adolescents

Based on a study "Adolescents' and Mothers' understanding of Children's Rights in the Home"

  • Children and parents often disagree on how much autonomy a child should be given on personal issues. 96% of 10th grade mothers believed that they had the right to their child's personal diary. "Mom has the right to know"
  • By the time children reach 10th grade (age 15-16) they are just starting to be given autonomy and self-determination.
  • Parents judge how they treat their child and how many rights they 'can have' based off of their determination of their child's maturity.

The Presenters

Cody Edward

Marisa Penninga

Laura Wright

Taylor Cook