Has Facebook Changed The Rules of Parenting?

I came across the video below about a mother who used a Facebook photo to discipline her 13 year old daughter for being disrespectful to the mother on Facebook.  Not too long ago, there was a similar incident where a father posted a video on Facebook punishing his daughter.  That video has over 32 million views to date.  Please check out the video below, and let me know your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

These are just a couple of the examples of parents disciplining their children through social media.  This leads me to the question:  Has Facebook Changed the Rules of Parenting?  This is a question that hits home with me because our family will soon be entering the phase of co-existing with our daughter in the world of Facebook.

A few questions to consider:

  • Did the parents in this video go over board?
  • What kind of example was set by both sets of parents?
  • Would you consider that retaliation or effective parenting?
  • Is public (worldwide) humiliation an acceptable form of punishment?
  • What would you have done as a parent?

Question: Has Facebook changed the rules of parenting?  If so, based on what you saw in the video, who is writing these new rules…the parents or the children?

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2 thoughts on “Has Facebook Changed The Rules of Parenting?

  1. I don’t think that Facebook has changed the rules of parenting, but it does add a new wrinkle. Actually, Facebook has the potential to complicate many types of relationships, not just parent-child.

    I do think these parents went too far, but I am not in their shoes. I don’t know how far the kids took their disrespect and disobedience. I think I would have been more comfortable with just banning FB for a while, but not announcing it too the world. And shooting things is definitely outside my comfort zone.

    Great discussion starter. Thanks for posting!

    • Thanks for your comment Melinda!

      FB does add a new wrinkle indeed.  One challenge I see is that Facebook is fairly new to all of us.  Sometimes the kids know how to use it better than the parents, but are not mature enough to handle such a powerful tool.