65% Ukrainian parents punish their children for bad marks, the Children’s Ombudsman Yuri Pavlenko informed during the presentation of the Ukraine's first public poll among children within the project "Children's Rights in Ukraine: realities and challenges after 20 years of independence", ForUm correspondent reports.

Pavlenko considers that the poll results suggest the punishment by parents is a common form of educational measures.

"Every second child of 14-15-year-old age admitted that his parents punish him for certain actions, namely for bad marks (65%), failure to meet their family responsibilities (55%) or coming home late (49 %). Notably, the first two cases are related more to guys, while girls get punishment mainly for coming home late," Pavlenko said.

He said the poll also found that the older a child becomes, the less his is punished for bad marks, meanwhile parents pay attention more to non-fulfillment of domestic duties, and then to late return.

"Children who live in rural areas are punished mainly for bad habits (smoking, alcohol, etc.) and bad behavior at school," Pavlenko mentioned.

According to him, 57% children admitted that one of the most common means of punishment their parents use is abuse, and the older a child becomes, the more often this method is used. Every twelfth child admitted that his parents beat him for his misdeeds - the younger a child is, the more frequently this punishment is used.

"As the survey shows, parents also use other forms of punishment: persuade not to do this in future - 70.5%, do not speak with children until they ask for forgiveness - 22%, do not allow meeting friends - 31%, make return home earlier after meeting friends - 44.5%, make carry out the work children do not like - 27.5%, do not allow watching TV or playing computer games - 49%, take away mobile phone - 18%, do not give pocket money - 17%, " Pavlenko informed.

At the same time, the results of the study also showed that the children's right to be heard is often ignored. "Every fifth child aged 16-17 years testified that his point of view is ignored in the school (particularly in regional centers). Similar tendency is observed within a family, when a child’s opinion is not taken into consideration," the official said.


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