27 Apr "As far [back] as we have written records, people have been hitting children," Gershoff tells me. Today, spanking — hitting a child on the. 6 Jul Is Spanking Children an Effective Consequence? If you have always used spanking to discipline your child, what will you do when he is 16?. Since then, more that 30 other countries have banned corporal punishment at home and in schools. Yet it remains legal for a parent to spank their child in the.