In my country is common that the parents punishment spanking the children, and for example my grandma sometimes spanking my little cousin. I think the government has to make some laws that protect the boys, in fact, here in México is the “Derechos Humanos” that protect people including boys and girls.
I think is not acceptable to spank a child because they are to young and some times they don´t know what they do. In the lecture, I think that Marlene Timperio was right calling the police because she was defending her son. I think maybe the parents can punish the children taking some toys from them. And when they are teens the parent should talk to them sons and daughter before punish because they understand.