A mother caught her daughter bullying others on the internet. What did she do about it? She posted a picture of her daughter holding a sign with her punishment on it.
The sign reads:
"My name is Hailey. I am a kind, caring, smart girl, but I make poor choices with social media. As a punishment, I am selling my iPod and will be donating the money to the charity Beat Bullying, in hopes of changing my behavior as well as bringing awareness to Bullying. Because bullying is wrong."
The picture was publicized by reddit user AngryCOMMguy, who says the picture was posted on Facebook by a suburban mom.
In the comment sections, people seem to be split over whether this is an example of good parenting or cyber-bullying. Here is one commenter who thinks the picture is good idea.
“This actually does seem better than other "embarrass your child by making them wear a sign" punishments I've seen,” user TAU_equals_2PI wrote. “Because the sign doesn't say she "is a bully" but rather she is "a kind, caring, smart girl, but" she makes poor choices with social media. Seems I've heard that's important to do in discipline. Don't convince the kid they're inherently bad. Emphasize that their behavior needs to change.”
And now for a comment from the cyber-bullying crowd:
"How to teach your kid to not be a cyberbully: post a judgmental photo of her on the Internet so people can see how bad she is,” user LOTnorm wrote.
Another user said "I think shaming your kids is horrific parenting and all the 'parenting: doing it right' replies [that] this kind of submission gets is very sad."
What do you think? Is the picture a good way to prevent a child from bullying on the internet in the future? Or is more likely to just embarrass the child without teaching them a lesson? Let us know in the comments section below.