Nigeria Nollywood actress, Victoria Inyama has said that beating a child is wrong, never the best option for discipline, as it in the long run always sees the child turning out all wrong.
She wrote on Instagram that parents need to understand that beating a child often has adverse effect on the child, both while he or she is young and when they grow older.
“I am totally against beating a child & research has proved that beating damages children & breeds them into Violent Adults!
“Parents should Recognise & Respect children’s feelings! Teach their children how to manage conflicts & Negative feelings without Violence!!
Violence is learned Behavior! Pinker 202:178, 308.
“Children that grow up with Physical punishments as the norm also take out their frustrations on others …The brain reacts to environmental challenges in various conscious ways/actions, levels of Norepinephrine & Dopamine often rise to produce a type of Aggression. Coercive Parenting is Wrong!!!
“Parents that beat haven’t learnt to Regulate their own feelings & use appropriate strategies!! Beating a child incubates Aggression & conduct disorder, Depression, lack of confidence, drug addiction, hostile & lack of good communication skills!!
“A child that is trained through violence will always use violence to communicate because they don’t how else to manage conflict!! The more physical & verbal abuse a child gets. The more they expect it, the more they Rebel & become Defiant… Aggressive behaviour is the result of CHRONIC MISTREATMENT, McBurnett et al.2000,”.