Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Save the Children thanks pope for speaking against slaps

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Rome, June 18 - International charity Save the
Children thanked Pope Francis on Tuesday for telling parents
they should not slap their children on the face.
The pope told parents that such actions damage their
children's dignity - an important statement, said Valerio Neri,
general manager of Save the Children Italy.
"Save the Children has been working for years to promote
positive parenting based on dialogue and listening to children
and never the use of physical punishment," such as slaps, said
Neri.
Pope Francis discussed the importance of the Biblical
lesson of turning the other cheek during a homily Monday, and
reminded parents that their children should be treated with
dignity.
In 2011, the charity launched a campaign encouraging
parents to discipline their children in other ways than physical
punishment.
"We hope that the words of the pope are a further stimulus
in this direction," said Neri.
According to a study produced for Save the Children, more
than a quarter of Italian parents smack their children routinely
as a form of discipline, and 48% say they do it occasionally.

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