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December 5, 2012 - Brian Collins
I recently came across a video on CNN called "Parents use social media to punish kids," by Dr. Drew. In this video, two parents are put in the spotlight for using Facebook and Instagram for disciplinary measures.
One mother posted a picture of her daughter holding a sign that says she cannot use Facebook or Instagram because she isn't mature enough... Another mother posted a picture of her daughter with her mouthed "X'd" out because she mouthed off in public. The daughter was then forced to reply to reprimands from several other parents that were friends of the mother...
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While some parents may agree with this move, I was very pleased to watch as several experts fully disagreed with the childish actions by the parents. Not only does this make their disciplinary measures a public display of their willingness to embarrass their children, but it also shows that social media isn't quite being understood by the older generations.
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As I've chronicled in previous posts, I believe that social media can be a valuable tool for those who wish to gain knowledge, information, or find special deals that aren't available elsewhere...I never mentioned that it should be a platform in which to suppress the childish actions that youth have displayed for centuries by issuing just as childish of a punishment.
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