No more hitting kids in Lithuania and Zimbabwe

In February, Lithuania placed a ban on any form of violence against children. The High Court of Zimbabwe recently ruled that kids cannot be beaten. (The rule still has to be approved by Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court.) Many teachers and parents in the world use corporal punishment for disciplining children. These methods (such as spanking and hitting with an object) cause physical pain to the kids. According to the organization the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, there are 52 nations that have banned all corporal punishment of children, with Sweden being the first in 1979. Here is an interactive map that shows each nation’s stand on corporal punishment for kids.

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