Should you shame your child as a form of discipline on social media? Parents love to post about their children on social media, and many of us have enjoyed watching little ones progress from tiny tots to teenagers through the scrolling of a friend or family member’s Facebook feed.
But, today, more parents use their teenagers to set an example, and not always a positive one. A primary example of parental decision-making being question involved a young girl who was forced to hold up a sign at a busy intersection in Cape Coral, Florida. The sign read: “I lied. I humiliated my mother and myself.”
What was the reason for her punishment? According to news sources, the young girl failed to tell her parents where she was. The girl had been given a few options, according to the parents: She could be grounded the whole summer or hold up the sign. The teen chose the latter. The situation was promptly shared on Facebook by an onlooker and people from both sides of the coin weighed in their two cents. Some support parents who make their children a public example, while others find it dangerous and alarming. Child shaming isn’t limited to the United States. Currently, there are over 30,000 videos of kids being shamed on the internet are posted online with views of up to 45 million.
Child psychologists warn that shaming a child online can have lasting consequences. As a disciplinary practice, it can make problems escalate and create distrust between parent and youth.