Friday, March 22, 2013

Shaming as Punishment

Here is another case of parents using public shaming of their child as punishment. This last-resort approach to parenting seems to be catching on, but these parents have received a lot of criticism as well as support. When other attempts at correcting a child's behavior fail, what is wrong with public punishment, especially when a parent is with the child and they are in a safe environment? The girl in question is 13 years old, an age when image is extremely important.

When my dad was a child, any bad behavior at school was reported to my grandparents by the other kids, and the punishment they received at school was matched at home--and was probably the main topic of conversation at the dinner table. Is public shaming the new, more sophisticated version of this?

Read the article here.

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