'''Hitting''' refers to striking somebody, either with the hand or with an object, as a form of [[violence]] and without having legitimate [[authority]]. The term "hitting" is usually used when a child hits another child, and is considered an [[offense]] regardless of what the other child may have done to anger the hitting child.
"Hitting" can be on any body part, including the [[head]]. It is usually ad-hoc, brief, and of an uncontrolled nature, caused by short temper. When it is harder and continued, it may be called a [[beating]].
Some people also call [[corporal punishment]] by an authority figure (for example a [[slap]] on the hand, or a [[spanking]]) "hitting", usually to express their view that it is equally
Most people, though, see a difference between controlled, legitimate corporal punishment and hitting, and don't think it is contradictory when a parents gives a child a [[swat]] on the rear to remember him that there is "no hitting" in this house.