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article imageBillingsley punishes daughter for posing on Facebook with alcohol

By JohnThomas Didymus     May 21, 2012 in Internet
Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley punished her daughter by posting online a photo of her holding up a sign with a public apology. Billingsley had caught her 12-year-old sharing on Facebook a photo of her holding a bottle of vodka.
The photo of the 12-year-old's public apology, within a few hours after it was posted on Facebook and Instagram, had more than 10,000 shares. ReShonda Tate Billingsley's action came under public scrutiny, with many expressing their views on her parenting style online.
Fox News reports she said: "The majority of it has actually been positive. There were some, however, who told me I was scarring my child for life, who said they couldn't believe I was [resorting to] public humiliation."
But Billingsley, defending her action, in an article on My Brown Baby, said she had discussed the subject of proper use of social media with her daughter and was therefore shocked when she discovered she was abusing it. She said: "We talked extensively about proper etiquette in the cyber world. So imagine my surprise when I see my bright, intelligent child smiling as she held up a bottle of Vodka with the caption 'Wish I could drink this Vodka.'"
Billingsley said she asked her daughter why she posted the image. The pre-teen argued that she had done nothing wrong since she "wasn't drinking, just posing."
According to The Inquisitr, Billingsley forced her daughter to pose for a photo in which she held a sign that read: "Since I want to post photos of me holding liquor, I am obviously not ready for social media and will be taking a hiatus until I learn what I should + should not post. BYE-BYE :(."
Billingsley responded to criticism of her action on My Brown Baby: "When it comes to my kids, I don’t play. This is a new age. We have to meet kids where they are. I’d rather you talk about me now than talk about my child later."
The Huffington Post, apparently approving of Billingsley's action, described it as "very original, and no doubt effective, form of punishment."
According to The Huffington Post, Billingsley is not the first parent to resort to online public humiliation as a way of punishing a child's misbehavior. Denise Abbott, a mother from Ohio, punished her 13-year-old daughter Ava, who was found posting "disrespectful things" on Facebook. The mother, in a Facebook photo, forced her daughter to hold up a message that read: "I do not know how to keep my [mouth shut]. I am no longer allowed on Facebook or my phone. Please ask why."
Abbott told NBC she needed to do something that would "totally impact" her daughter. She said: "You have to adapt your parenting skills with the times."
Digital Journal reported the case of a parent who punished his daughter for disrespectful behaviour by putting bullets through his child's laptop and posted the video on Facebook.
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