The American Academy of Pediatrics has doubled down on its recommendations against spanking and other forms of corporal punishment for children -- and CNN faced immediate backlash for reporting the guidelines.
The pediatricians' group recommends that adults caring for children use positive reinforcement, as well as setting limits and expectations, rather than spanking, hitting, threatening and humiliating.
The policy statement updates -- and strengthens -- guidance published in 1998, and social media users complained that physical punishment was necessary to discipline children.
@CNN And this is why we have an undisciplined generation of youth who don’t respect authority.— Necessary Force 🇺🇸🇵🇷 (@Necessary Force 🇺🇸🇵🇷)1541412957.0
@CNN I was spanked and my therapist says I'm well adjusted.— Shirt Off Your Back (@Shirt Off Your Back)1541398382.0
@CNN I know a lot of doctors that have no common sense. Pediatricians overall were the most lacking.— Mama Imani (@Mama Imani)1541398353.0
@CNN We can see nowadays what extreme softness with children have turned them into. Let this academy know that this… https://t.co/O0Fj3SUHUJ— Abdulrahman suhail (@Abdulrahman suhail)1541398316.0
@CNN spanking is positive reinforcement bcuz you are giving a punishment rather than taking away a privilege (negat… https://t.co/kjT0umFS0f— inoa 'ole (@inoa 'ole)1541397130.0
@CNN I think we really need a discussion about that! Spare the rod spoil the child.— peacekeeper (@peacekeeper)1541397291.0
@CNN Spank today avoid a school shooting tomorrow. That’s my contribution to the pro life extremist. Care about th… https://t.co/PElBhGEXhz— 자유, Azadeh, Freiheit, حرية (@자유, Azadeh, Freiheit, حرية)1541397859.0
@CNN Naaa, lack of it got us where we are today. A cop can punch, choke hold, & taser them but I can’t pop my kid..… https://t.co/HqFW7CSe4n— 자유, Azadeh, Freiheit, حرية (@자유, Azadeh, Freiheit, حرية)1541397732.0
@CNN Yes let’s let kids continue to run wild. That’s working out really well. When kids were disciplined schools ha… https://t.co/FkUucV2Zq4— Jane (@Jane)1541414936.0