Is slapping a child in the face child abuse

Across the face
Asked Apr 29, 2012
In a legal sense, it depends on how the law is enforced where it's done. In terms of being a good parent, discipline by hitting a child anywhere on their body does not work and only teaches them how NOT to act when they are frustrated.
Answered Apr 30, 2012
I'd say that 99.99% of the time, slapping a child in the face is child abuse. I suppose if the kid was about to eat something poisonous or harmful and slapping him/her was the only way to keep him/her safe, then I could let that slide. I don't think slapping a kid in the face is effective or moral discipline.
Answered Apr 30, 2012
yes, this is definite child abuse in the eyes of many parents along with the Social Services..............I would report this if I saw this take place. This is not the way to handle any wouldn't like to be slapped would you?
Answered Jun 15, 2012
Whereas I don't condone it, as a mental health professional, I know that legally it is only child abuse if the slap leaves a mark on the child's face. This has been supported by many legal decisions.
Answered Feb 25, 2013
How do you sleep at night? DUH YES IT IS ABUSE!
Answered Jun 05, 2013
Yes, beyond all questions
Answered Oct 13, 2016

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