A mother's response to her 7-year-old daughter after she defied her by playing on online gaming websites and chatting with strangers is going viral.
When Sue Samad's daughter confessed that she had broken the house rule of chatting with strangers online, the mother decided to get creative, the Daily Mail reported.
"So last night my adorable innocent daughter just after her iPad time came to a close for the night and we kissed her good night, minutes later she came downstairs balling her eyes out," Samad wrote in a Facebook post. "She soon confessed to breaking the home online rule of chatting with random people on line in the gaming world. We have a no chat rule and she begged me to ground her as she was wrong and so sorry for breaking the house rules."
The confession made the mother think about what to do to prevent it from happening again.
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"It got me thinking, ok... I ground her, confiscate the iPad but really no lesson is learnt."
Samad got the idea to write a fake letter from the government to the 7-year-old girl.
"So during my lunch break my absolute manic mind came up with this faux letter with letter head n all and I put it in our mail box this afternoon addressed to Mr and Mrs Taher," Samad explained
"The response when I gave her and her brother the letter was exactly what I was aiming for."
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Samad said the letter was "just reminder, deterrence and possibly freak the crap out of her for a few years (I hope)."
"The letter doesn't replace continuous education about cyber danger and stranger danger and Keeping the open dialogue and honesty with your children," Samad continued. "If they make a mistake, pull them up, watch what they are doing, let them make mistakes with you and be ok to discuss those awkward subjects that make your stomach squirm."
She said she doesn't believe in denying all online access to her children, recognizing it's a part of modern life.
"A reminder to all of us to watch what our children do online, be the helicopter parent, observe their behavior, be open with discussion even if it's so uncomfortable and beyond their years of understanding," Samad added. "My hope is to raise resilient and socially conscious children who god willing will grow up sensible children. And to add some humor to this very disturbing topic... it'll be a great piece to present at her 18th birthday."
Several social media users commented on the Facebook post, most of them commending Samad for her creative parenting tactics.
"Oh that is brilliant!" wrote one user. "Parenting win there!"
"Keep a copy as I'm sure we are all going to be needing it to scare the crap out of them," quipped another.
"Awesome work fantastic idea!!!" another commenter said. "It is a very scary cyber world. This needs to go viral. So proud of her for being honest."