Yeesh. Since we’re all techno nerds around here, I, from time to time post articles about technology and I came across this one by Amanda Hess of Slate.
Hess starts with the case of Izabel Laxamana, a girl who sent a selfie to a boy from school. Her father’s punishment was to cut off Izabel’s hair and took a video asking her if it was worth it.
According to the article, the video made the rounds on social media, the school got involved. Izabel later jumped off a bridge. (It isn’t totally clear this made her do that but it couldn’t have helped either)
Yikes. And I thought Uncle Hardass was tough.
Hess goes on to talk about public shaming being an ancient thing. Schools no longer make kids wear “dunce caps” and teachers don’t beat kids with “the rod” anymore.
For a long time, parents would dole out whatever punishment they deemed necessary, but they’d do it within the confines of their home.
Now, as Hess explains, there seems to be a new trend for parents to punish their kids via online humiliation, taking an embarrassing video – maybe making the kid confess or in one case Hess discusses, a father made his son dance around in skinny jeans and posted a video online (apparently Dad wasn’t a fan of the skinny jeans).
Sigh. It seems no matter what the technology is, there will always be people who abuse it.
I’m not saying let kids get away with everything but holy crap, whatever happened to a good lecture and some grounding?
Things put on the Internet last forever…FOREVER. Sure, maybe you’re a dumb parent and you think you’re helping your kid by shaming them out of bad behavior by posting an online video.
But keep in mind that video follows the kid everywhere. His/Her friends will eventually see it. Shit, ten years later a potential employer might find it through a Google search, decide not to hire your adult kid and he/she is now stuck living on your couch forever.
Maybe the millennials have it worse than we thought. Every day their dumb parents are posting pictures and videos of them online that will definitely keep many of them out of a presidential bid.
Shit. Right now there could be a kid who could have grown up to become the president that solves all our problems and unites us all but it’ll never happen because I don’t know, his dumb parents posted a picture of him picking his nose or whatever.
Anyway. It’s just some food for thought. Social media can be a great tool, giving voice to people who otherwise would have remained voiceless.
The downside is…there are a lot of people using it to do dumb things.
Parents…as mad as your kids will make you, and they surely will from time to time, “social media shaming” (holy crap there’s a term for it) is not the way to go.