Used to be that when teens messed up, they were grounded from calling friends on the phone or going out to the movies on a Friday night. Nowadays, though, it seems like many offenses are punishable by ... Facebook. And we're not just talkin' keeping your kid off the social network for a set number of days or weeks. Plenty of parents have taken to disciplining their teens by publicly humiliating them via Facebook.
The latest example of this to make headlines: After their teen apparently "got fresh," a Wisconsin mom and dad used their daughter's phone to post goofy (aka embarrassing) photos of themselves on her Facebook wall. Then, the girl's brother, a Reddit user named AustinMac, posted one of the photos over the weekend with the caption: "My parents took away my sister's phone for the week. They've uploaded about 10 of these to her Facebook. Doing it right!" Ha.
What these parents did sounds like the playful, silly version of what Tommy Jordan, dad of 15-year-old Hannah, did when he punished his daughter for posting a hateful message about her parents on Facebook by shooting her laptop in a YouTube video. Remember that? That was insane. But in both cases, obviously the parents' intent was to mortify their daughter and teach her a lesson -- or else suffer the very public consequences.
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Not sure if in either case it was really the best way for the parent(s) to set their teen straight. The goofy Facebook-ing parents surely got a rise out of their daughter, but is it really going to prevent her from saying something "fresh" again? Pffft, likely NOT. After their stunt, how much you wanna bet she's talking "fresh" about them behind their backs to her friends right now? And regardless of how she reacted and if he stopped her from posting hateful status updates about her folks on Facebook, Tommy Jordan went too far when he took a gun to his daughter's laptop.
In the end, funny or not, I'm not sure either form of public humiliation was completely necessary. At any rate, neither seems as though it would be nearly as effective as an "old-school" way of handling bad behavior: Temporarily revoking their access to social media to reiterate that using it is a privilege to be respected and used respectfully.
Would you discipline your kid by publicly humiliating them via social media?
Image via AustinMac/imgur