To Post or Not To Post: Bad Parenting In Social Media

Posted 05-7-2015 at 05:31 PM by Matrivine

child with laptop and mobile phone

There are a thousands of cute little memes and articles floating around on our social sites. There are also some very disturbing videos and pictures, and some of them involve the interactions between a parent and a child. With these clips of parents and their children comes a number of questions we are asking ourselves.

Why Would We Want To Pass This Stuff On Anyway?

Most of us have no desire to watch other people be bad parents, not to mention pass these videos on to our friends. So why do some of us choose to? Mainly because we a scared of what may happen when we don’t. We don’t want a little one to be harmed by their parent either in neglect or physical abuse. A first response for us may be to protect the child by posting. We hope that by posting we will create awareness and bring the parent to justice.

On The Other Hand…

We may find ourselves pausing with a finger hovering over that send button. What if this is what the parent in question wants? Is this a way to get attention for them? Are they trying to rack up Youtube views by producing something scandalous.

There is also the possibility that this video was a moment in time taken out of context. What may look like terrible parenting by itself may be good parenting when the whole story is told.┬áThere is also the matter of perspective. A parent may use a parenting technique that we don’t approve of, but is validly and legally used by other parents.

With these thoughts in mind is it really a good idea to post that piece of media to our social page for all to see and judge?

So What Do We Do?

We need to do our best in each case to use good judgement case by case. The next thing we need to do is report these pieces of media to the proper authorities rather than to our friends list. www.NCMEC.org is a good site to contact to do that. So is missingkids.com. They will forward the video to the proper authorities. Last, we let the results of our actions take their course. We have done what we can.

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