The Short of It
In a new video, a dad seems to be the latest to shame his kid on social media, but then the clip takes a surprising turn.
Last week, father Wayman Gresham posted a video to his Facebook page that looked like yet another parent shaming his misbehaving kid on social media, setting up to give the kid a messed-up haircut for messing up. Halfway through the video, however, Gresham stops teaching his son a lesson and starts teaching viewers one.
Before the hair clippers reach his son's head, he pulls back and tells his son to give him a big hug. He then tells the camera, "there's no way in the world I would ever embarrass my son like that."
Gresham, of course, is referring to recent social media posts where parents call out their kids for their bad deeds. In one viral video, a mom blasts her 13-year-old for posting racy photos on Facebook. In another, a Georgia barber gives kids "old man" haircuts to teach them a lesson. Other parents shame their kids in person, like the dad who made his kid watch as his Christmas gift was returned because he was naughty.
Gresham goes on to preach that putting your child down, embarassing him or her, or using profanity in a video is not good parenting.
"Good parenting starts before he even gets to the point of being out of control," he says. "Good parenting is letting your child know that you love them regardless of what they are and who they are and showing them the way by example."
Gresham is right in that social media shaming doesn't count as effective or appropriate discipline. It may be funny to see parents mock their misbehaving children, and even seem like a good way for fed-up parents to let off steam, but shaming kids online can have some serious consequences.
Cyber-shaming your kids is mean and rather juvenile behavior, after all. Plus, it opens your kids up to Internet bullying and becoming the subject of a viral video that could embarass them for a lot longer than they deserve. The Internet is forever, y'all.
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