Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - This week, another chapter was added to the decades-long debate about physically disciplining children.
Golisano Children's Hospital issued a statement Friday morning, establishing itself as an official No Hit Zone. It is the first hospital in New York state to do so. The designation means there is no hitting for any reason. No child can be hit by an adult, nor can an adult hit a child. Child vs. child and adult vs. adult hitting is also not tolerated.
Hospital officials said they want the hospital to be a safe and non-violent place for everyone, especially because being in a hospital can be stressful for everyone.
UR Medicine and officials with Golisano Children's Hospital have been working on implementing this initiative for more than a year. It was first started at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio back in 2007.
The announcement came just a few days after the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its strongest-ever statement pushing back against spanking children. Research conducted over several years indicates that it can be linked to increased aggression in the long run. It is also proven to be ineffective in teaching a child responsibility and self-control.
New evidence suggests that it may cause harm to the child by affecting normal brain development.