UNICEF launches End Violence Against Children campaign in Beirut, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Child rearing without the use of violence is more effective for the household, community and country, the United Nations Children's Fund said Tuesday at the inauguration of its advocacy campaign #ENDViolence. According to a 2016 survey carried out by UNICEF, the agency found that in Lebanon, over 57 percent of children between 1 and 14 years of age have experienced some form of violent discipline by a parent or caretaker. While 69 percent of Lebanese individuals agree that hitting a child is harmful, the agency found that six in every 10 children are subjected to violent discipline. A social media campaign run by UNICEF will also be rolled out, along with billboards displayed throughout the country, promoting "positive parenting".While the U.N. agency addressed violent parenting at the household level, it also tackled the need to reform disciplinary action in schools, where children spend half their days.
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