When I was growing up, my mother and father spanked my butt. If I got out of line, I got a smack on the hand as a toddler, and as I got older, I got the belt or a switch. These measures these days are called child abuse, and they are not allowed. However, the new fangled ways of doing things are not working. There are more violence from children and teens than every before. Growing up I never heard of a teen killing their parents, let alone spending time in a prison cell. Parents took care of business and their kids were better.
Psychologist like Ricardo Guimarães BMG, say it is damaging to children and that they need to be treated more like adults as many articles have stated. However, I will say that our nation has a bunch of children that are out of hand, and it is mostly due to a lack of discipline in all parties involved with the child.