Have you seen those pictures of kids standing on street corners, wearing signs that say their crime? The usually look a little something like this:
Many parents have turned to this type of punishment because it forces the child to learn that their actions are unacceptable to the rest of society. Standing there and feeling the consequences of their actions is a popular choice for a lot of parents. But there is a danger that comes along with methods like this…
Once the discipline goes public, it takes the power away from the parent. Taking away a child’s toys or grounding them might teach them not to cross certain boundaries again. Letting the INTERNET do the punishing for you? That is just downright dangerous.
Absolutely disgusted that my 12 year old son saw fit to purposefully tread on a new girls foot at school and twist his foot with such force it broke her brand new shoes causing the heel to snap.
‘I’ll tell you something Jacob, if you so much as breath in her or anyone’s direction in a bullying manner I will personally hand you over to their parents for every demeaning chore they see fit for as long as they do… kiss goodbye to your birthday money as you will be buying the girl a new pair of shoes and a bunch of flowers! #iwillnothaveabullyinmyhouse
‘Update. To answer a few questions, yes my son can see it, he was tagged in it before it went viral(which I didn’t realize was going to happen) so his friends could see that his actions have consequences, he is not big, clever, hard or funny, he’s a 12 year old boy answerable to his mam.
‘I don’t much care who doesn’t agree with my parenting style, my son humiliated and embarrassed a girl, regardless of his reasoning (which was he didn’t expect to break the shoe he just thought she may step out of it or stumble) that little girl still cried, for anyone’s knowledge that girl may have left her old school because she was being bullied… then imagine how much worse my son’s ridiculous act would have made her feel.
‘So my so called embarrassing him online is a to be quite frankly nothing in comparison to the humiliation that little girl had to face walking round with a broken shoe and red eyes from crying when she is new.
‘Ps… of course I sat and spoke to him about his behavior, I didn’t just tag him in a post and he read it! I am wholly confident this was a single occurrence which won’t be repeated.’
Within days she was forced to remove the post. Initially, she had tagged her son. Comments ranged from “you should have done more” from people who thought she should beat him to “I see where he learned how to bully others” from people who saw her actions as bullying. The internet can be a scary place!
While she still defends her choices, the fact that she has removed the post says a lot more about the entire ordeal.
Would YOU punish your child with public shaming? Or will you stick to the more traditional methods and just take away their phone?
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