No Hit Zone
Pediatric Emergency Department
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642
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What is a No Hit Zone?
This means that we do not allow hitting for any reason.
- No child shall hit an adult.
- No child shall hit another child.
- No adult shall hit a child.
- No adult shall hit another adult.
Please encourage everyone to stop hitting others, in their daily lives. We ask everyone who visits the UR Medicine Pediatric Emergency Department to follow the No Hit Zone policy.
Why is the Pediatric Emergency Department a No Hit Zone?
Being at the emergency department (ED) is stressful for parents and children. At the ED, even normal behaviors of children can add to the stress you may feel. When adults feel stressed, they may feel the urge to hit or spank a child. We do not want this to happen. We want the Pediatric ED to be a safe place for everyone. We want it to be a non-violent space. The No Hit Zone policy is part of what we do to keep our patients and families safe. We believe that physical punishment is harmful to children – to both their bodies and their minds. We hope that this idea grows and that others in our community will also decide to be No Hit Zones.
Keep kids strong and healthy!
Did you know…
- Hitting and spanking are types of physical punishment.
- People think that physical punishment makes children behave better. Research shows that this is not true. Over time children who are hit or spanked tend to be aggressive and they become more disobedient. Hitting and spanking can make behavior worse.
- Hitting or spanking teaches children to use violence to solve problems.
- Children who are physically punished may become less able to concentrate. This may cause them to do worse in school.
- Physical punishment has been linked to lawbreaking and criminal behavior.
- Children who are physically punished often grow up to be adults with physical or mental health problems.
- Children who are physically punished may not be able to trust other people. This may make it hard for them to build healthy relationships.
- Parents who use physical punishment with their children are at risk of physically abusing their children.
Gershoff, ET. (2008) Report on physical punishment in the United States: What research tells us about its effects on children. Columbus, OH: Center for Effective Discipline.
Zolotor A, Theodore A, Chang J, Berkoff M, Runyan D, Speak softly – and forget the stick: Corporal Punishment and Child Physical Abuse. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008;35(4): 364-369.
Tips for Parents
- Bring a favorite toy or activity to help keep your child busy. It is normal for children to get bored when waiting. Read to your child.
- Talk to your child. Explain how you want them to behave and why.
- Praise your child for good behaviors.
- Teach your child how to manage conflict without using violence.
- Set clear limits on your child's behaviors. Give clear instructions. Be specific. Be realistic.
- Be good to yourself! Being a parent is hard work. Do something each day that you enjoy.
- Ask for help. All parents need help and support.
Get More Help
Ask your local recreation center if they have parenting classes or family support groups. Talk with your child’s doctor or nurse about your family’s needs.
Other Sources of Help
Check out these websites using a computer at home or at your local library:
Our No Hit Zone was established to promote the health and well-being of families in the Rochester Community. A special thank you goes to the Dane County District Attorney’s Office and to the University of Louisville Kosair Children's Hospital Pediatric Department for lending their expertise in implementing this No Hit Zone.