While the rise of social media has certainly created new ways for children to get themselves in trouble, it's also given parents a whole new set of tools to reel in their kids. A recent Facebook post, first highlighted by BuzzFeed, serves as a wonderful example of this.
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After author ReShonda Tate Billingsley found her daughter posting alcohol-related photos to the social network, she came up with a very original, and no doubt effective, form of punishment.
Following up the post her mother deemed inappropriate is a new photo that features the young girl holding a hand-written sign that reads, "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."
But Billingsley isn't alone in her parenting style.
Denise Abbott, a mother from Ohio, used the same method to punish her 13-year-old daughter Ava after she found her posting "disrespectful things" on Facebook.
"I do not know how to keep my [mouth shut]. I am no longer allowed on Facebook or my phone. Please ask why," the text on the 13-year-old girl's Facebook photo read.
Despite the embarrassment, Abbot told NBC she doesn't regret her disciplinary action, saying she needed to find something that would "totally impact her."
"You have to adapt your parenting skills with the times," Abbott told NBC.
It could be worse, though. At least Billingsley and Abbot didn't put a bullet through their child's laptop and post the video on Facebook.
Father Montrail White punished his 8-year-old daughter, Amiyah, "after repeatedly catching her taking things that didn't belong to her." School officials called police when White made his daughter stand in the parking lot wearing the sign pictured above. He was asked to leave school property but says the sign will remain in their home in case it needs to be used again. <em><a href="http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/316438/3/Swansea-police-called-as-Montrail-White-disciplines-Amiyah-White" target="_hplink">via KSDK</a></em>
Fifth grader, Tarvon Young, was suspended for planning to bully a classmate. His mother, Tarra Dean, didn't think his punishment was enough and forced him to stand outside his school holding up a sign that read "I was sent to school to get an education, not to be a BULLY. I was not raised THIS WAY!!!" <a href="http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21007137790589/suspended-student-holds-sign-outside-school/" target="_hplink">via WSVN</a>
Michael Bell Jr.'s parents forced him to wear a sign that read, ""I want to be a class clown, is it wrong?" after they were disappointed with his bad grades. The other side of the sign asked cars to "honk if they think three failing grades are bad." <a href="http://www.local10.com/news/Dad-makes-son-wear-sign-for-bad-grades/-/1717324/9274744/-/y8f5yjz/-/index.html" target="_hplink">via Local10</a>
When 12-year-old Jose Gonzalez took $100 from his cousin's wallet, his dad made him stand on a street corner for five hours holding a sign that read, ""I am a thief. I took money from a family member." <em> <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20270115/curbside-confessional#ixzz1sQRwpOay" target="_hplink"> via The Denver Post </a></em>
Mom Ronda Holder forced her 15-year-old son, James Mond III, to wear a sign around his neck that said: "I did four questions on my FCAT and said I wasn't going to do it...GPA 1.22...honk if I need education." <em><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/20/tampa-bay-mom-ronda-holder_n_825447.html" target="_hplink"> via The Huffington Post</a></em>