Explainer: Dr. Cynthia Cupit Swenson

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Many people and cultures throughout the world condone the practice of using corporal punishment to discipline children. But should they?

UNICEF doesn’t think so. Its Convention on the Rights of the Child called for the abolishment of parents’ and caregivers’ right to use physical punishment on children. Thursday marks Universal Children’s Day, which began in 1954. Its goal has been to improve the welfare of kids across the globe.

In celebration of Universal Children's Day, MST Services created an infographic on the consequences of corporal punishment.

This day serves as a reminder that we have a responsibility to the young. They are an invaluable asset, a treasure, and we should do all we can to ensure they are given every chance to live happy, healthy and productive lives.

Make sure to give a child a hug today.

Cynthia Cupit Swenson is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and associate director of the Family Services Research Center. 

See the full infographic below:

Courtesy of MST Services