I am sure that many of you have already seen this video making the rounds on the internet…
The age of social media is new to everyone. Right now, there are no rules to it. People can post whatever they want and rarely see consequences. Parents are now having to learn how to parent a child who can post whatever they want to on Facebook, Twitter, or a blog. Hot Mama has even had to “parent” me a little on some of my posts, I’m very grateful for that because I’ve been known to post something without thinking. Teenagers don’t realize that what they post on any social media site can hurt them in the future when they are unable to get a job. How do you teach a teen that?
This is said for every generation but parents (myself included) are now dealing with the things that our parents never had to deal with. My parents hated the fact that I spent so much time on the computer and on the internet talking on MSN Messenger with all of my friends from out of town. They did things to prevent me from even getting on the internet, they took the ethernet cord from the modem so that I couldn’t get on it (I either ended up finding it, or making a cord in my Computer Networking class), put a password to login to the computer (I ended up finding a way around it) and finally putting a password on the computer before it even booted up. Their parents didn’t deal with an age of children who were technologically savvy, in fact their parents dealt with their kids staying out late playing baseball or football in the backyard.
I know that my parents are proud of who I am and the life I am living. Their parenting got me to this point. Even though my teenage years might have been a rebellious time, who’s teenage years aren’t right?, I turned out just fine because I still had supportive parents. I don’t want to claim that today’s teenagers are out of control because the same amount of blame can go to the parent. As a parent you have to figure out what works for your child.
I don’t agree with how this father handled the situation, I am sure there was a better way to handle it. I am on the outside looking in so I won’t attempt to claim that I know how to solve the problem. I just hope that parents and teenagers alike can some lesson from how this father taught his daughter a lesson. I am sure that in 15 years there will be something new that I will have to parent the Kid in that has not been dreamed of yet.