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Yardie Skeptics (s.2, ep.7) Corporal Punishment and Child Abuse

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The team of Yardie Skeptics turns the microscope of skepticism on the practice of corporal punishment, especially as it relates to children, this Sunday May 11th at 12:30pm EDT (11:30am Jamaica time).

Why are parents still holding on to this archaic and most times cruel method of behaviour modification? Could it be that there is actually some value in strapping a child across the back until marks appear, and then parading it on social media for all the world to show their approval? Is this meant for the benefit of the child, or simply to satisfy the ego of the parent/guardian? Is religion a driving force behind this reliance on corporal punishment, or is there simply something particularly deficient about Caribbean children which prevents the non-violent "new age" methods from working on them? Di damn pickney dem too rude!

If you're a parent, or you've had a good whooping during your lifetime, you need to tune into this program and share your views. Joining us live in studio will be Dr. Sandra Knight and Taitu Heron who approach this issue from the perspective of research and child psychology. If you are an adherent of the "spare the rod and spoil the child" philosophy we're eager to hear from you! 

To listen to this interview live or access the archived episode later, simply click the link below. Call in via the guest phone number or by using the Skype feature (free of cost) or log on to the live chatroom to share your views in real time. 


Dr. Sharon Smith, outspoken secularist, feminist and long time supporter of the Yardie Skeptics Network now serves as show producer.

Tune in as we tackle the big questions each and every Sunday at 12:30 EDT (11:30AM Jamaican time) - lively banter, music and trivia, probing questions... we are Yardie Skeptics. 

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