Parents Are Debating Whether Tickling Is Child Abuse On Social Media

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Let’s get things straight: tickling is not great. It’s not cute, it’s not fun, it’s not flirty. It’s uncomfortable and annoying. Even worse is you are at the mercy of the tickler. We’ve all encountered those weirdos who get some strange joy out of watching ticklish people squirm.


The “Is tickling torture?” debate has been going on for some time and it has popped up again recently, thanks to a heated, private Facebook post that got picked up by news outlets.

Turns out parents have a lot of opinions on tickling and have taken those opinions all over the internet over the past couple days.

The mom who posed the question, however, does bring up a good point about consent. Tickling is an activity that is often done without consent, and if a child asks you to stop, you should stop.

The sentiment struck a nerve with some parents, who admitted to participating in tickling with their own children.

Some other pro-tickling comments on the post included:

“But generally it’s actually the best way to momentarily paralyze a toddler in order to get shoes on them.”

“They will literally tell you to stop, then immediately ask to be tickled more.”

One parent said their two-year-old doesn’t make the rules, which is why they are pro-tickling.

The original poster said that while kids like tickling, it doesn’t mean they want to be tickled all the time. They also said allowing children to have control over their bodies is one small thing you can do to show children you respect them. You know, that’s a good point.