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Is it legal to use a belt on children for discipline in Florida?

While there is a difference between appropriate punishment and abuse, use of a belt or other object for corporal (physical) punishment can easily become abusive. Parenting is challenging, but positive parenting methods can eliminate risk of abuse to a child.  Parenting information and education is readily available.  If you know of a child who is subject to corporal punishment by a parent, step-parent or other person in the home it is a good idea to take a closer look and possibly action to ensure the child’s safety.