On Wednesday, 3rd of February, counselor working in The National Call Center for Victims of Crime, Ena Juričić, gave an online lecture as a part of series of lectures organised by National Call Center’s team. The subject of the lecture was Physical punishment of children. The lecture was held on ZOOM platforme and streamed on Facebook. There were 106 participants who joined the lecture through ZOOM and Facebook.
At the begining of the lecture, the counselor presented the work of National Call Center and explained her motivation for holding a lecture on this topic. The aim of the lecture was to make the professional and general public aware of the existence of corporal punishment of children.
During the lecture, the counselor introduced the partcipants to the definition of corporal punishment of children and the most commonly used methods of punishment. Also, the participants were asked about their thoughts on what punishment is. The counsellor also presented the international and national legal framework. Corporal punishment of children has been banned in Croatia since 1999, but unfortunately it is still often used as a traditional method of upbringing. The counsellor’s intention was to raise awareness of why corporal punishment is not good for children’s physical and mental health, so she spoke about the consequences of corporal punishment. An important part of the lectures was the discussion of the myths of corporal punishment of children. The counselor stressed the importance of setting boundaries for children and gave concrete practical examples of how parents can set boundaries for children.
At the end of the lecture, participants were given an opportunity to ask questions or to share their experience on this topic.