A 12-year-old girl was recently banned from social media by her mother after she found a picture of her daughter with a bottle of closed vodka with the caption "Wish I could drink this vodka."
When novelist ReShonda Tate Billingsley allowed her daughter open an Instagram account, she made sure to educated her daughter on the do's and don'ts of what pictures would be appropriate to share.
Her daughter broke the rules and is now suffering the consequences.
Billingsley posted the picture above on her daughter's Instagram account as well as her personal Facebook page and within hours it had gone viral. At first the girl was obviously embarrassed and ashamed, but after a few days,she realized that what she did was wrong and asked her mom to take down the picture of her holding the bottle of vodka.
This is a far cry from the discipline methods most of our parents would have used. I grew up in a Jamaican home and as you can imagine, had I done something like that the consequences would have been much MUCH different.
Through this lesson Billingsley was able to open up the lines of communication regarding social media in a way that was on her level and something she can relate to. We have all heard the phrase "the punishment should fit the crime" and in this case I think it has. I don't think she would have gotten the point if she had been grounded or spanked.
It's nice to see parents stepping into their children's online lives and teach them how to behave! We hear so many stories about children being preyed upon, taken advantage of, and even killed because of inappropriate behaviour online and we always ask..."where are the parents?" Well here they are...taking a stand and teaching their kids how to effectively use the technology that is available to them.
As you can imagine, there are some people who think that this was the wrong way to punish her child....saying that this will haunt her for the rest of her life (crazy people)....but I want to know what you think? Did she go to far? Did the 'punishment fit the crime'? What would you have done differently?