Is It Abuse Or Discipline, Where To Draw The Line

When should you draw the line? It’s a question that you have to ask yourself when it is too much and it crosses the line from disciplining your child to abuse. It’s a question almost every parent asks her children, and sometimes the line isn’t always clear. According to The Washington Post, In 2018 the U.S. The Department of Health and Human Services estimated that 1,770 children died of abuse and neglect. Just from one quick detail, you can see that these inexcusable actions caused by people are not morally right and should not have been committed in the first place.

In the past year, child endangerment and abuse cases and hospitalizations have gone up by about 50%. As stated by The Washington Post, “At Children’s National Hospital in the District, the overall number of children referred with child abuse concerns has dropped. But the cases coming in are more severe than usual: From March 15 through April 20 of last year, about 50 percent of the children had injuries serious enough to be hospitalized. This year, 86 percent did. During the same period last year, about 34 percent of children had head trauma, fractures, or injuries in multiple areas of the body. This year, that number jumped to 71 percent. Last year, 3 percent of the children referred for child abuse died. This year, 10 percent died.”. These actions that these people commit are inhumane but the time to act is now such as the fact that there are more cases because of the situations of people at home, there is more stress on the people and sometimes people can’t just leave their house and blow of steam or have a safe place to go when their family are being hostile

According to The Washington Post,  “One non-binary teenager called the hotline terrified their parents were going to kick them out. The parents had assaulted and threatened violence before, the 17-year-old said, according to a hotline supervisor who described several calls to The Washington Post. Before, when things would get heated, the teenager would leave the home to cool off. With the stay-at-home order in place, that was no longer an option.”. This seems to be a problem for lots of  people as I have mentioned before.

To further benefit the new generation and our generation I strongly believe that we should implement a parental learning program, such as teaching the fundamentals of raising a child and giving proper ways to discipline a child, This, in turn, could be implemented into a high school health class like the sexual education program that is required in high school. Hopefully, this can help the crisis known as Child Abuse.


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