Usually people become very interested in alternative methods.’ Every now and then, Sarajärvi has to counter serious misunderstandings about the law.‘People may say that “juvenile delinquency has increased rapidly” in Sweden since 1979, that “many parents are sent to jail for spanking” and that “child murders have increased”, none of which is true’, she says.
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Spanking, slapping, smacking, pinching, hair-pulling, whipping, paddling – corporal punishment by any name or means is prohibited in Sweden, both at home and in school. Slowly, though, more and more parents voluntarily refrained from its use and corporal punishment was prohibited throughout the educational system in 1958.
Until the 1960s, nine out of ten preschool children in Sweden were spanked at home.
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Technological inventions produced safer homes, lessening the need for harsh discipline’, Janson says.
‘Small children below the age of five or six lack the mental capacity to comprehend the reasons for a spanking’, Janson says.
‘Nor can they remember that reason from one time to another. About five per cent of all children are still spanked, despite the ban.
Monika Sarajärvi co-ordinates the Swedish Save the Children’s European Programme.