Is Tickling Child Abuse

From July 14, 2020

  • A growing chorus of critics think that tickling a kid is tantamount to bullying or even child abuse.
  • One expert says tickling can overwhelm the system and make children feel helpless and out of control.
  • Another says, “Despite their face looking like they are enjoying it, if they say they don’t like it, they probably don’t like it.”
  • She adds, “You’ll see them hold their arms really tight next to their bodies or pull away, which suggests that there’s something about it that’s aversive.”