Preview Television: Stuart Price Gets a Physical Education
Price, Stuart, The Independent (London, England)
Smacking children is outlawed in schools, and a new law in Scotland already limits it in the home. Pressure groups at Westminster want the restrictions extended to England, arguing that it is an abuse of trust and an act of violence rather than an important disciplinary tool. The programme also suggests that smacking can create a vicious circle, in which the children turn to hitting their contemporaries and, eventually, their own children.
A Good Smack? (Tues 10.35pm BBC1) shows three families who regularly smack their children, and, in a refreshing experiment, attempts to introduce the ideas of an anti-smacking childcare expert into their homes to see whether non-physical methods are more successful at disciplining children.
The Wynns (above, right) have four children, aged from four to 10. The youngsters regularly punch each other and, tellingly, the long-suffering dog - evidence for the vicious-circle argument.
Amber and Kay Tanimowo, from north London, have three children, one of whom, three-year-old True, is prone to tantrums. …