The US’s leading paediatricians’ group has strengthened its advice against smacking and other physical punishment because of the potential for long-term harm.
Members of the public are being asked to give their views on proposed legislation to ban smacking children in Scotland.
Less than a third of voters back plans to ban the smacking of children in Scotland, a poll suggests.
School psychologists are calling for smacking to be banned outright because it harms children’s mental health.
Like many of my generation getting a smack from mum and dad was part of growing up in the 60s and 70s.