If you haven’t see the video below, it seems to be a poignant (and theatrical) representation of the conflict between parents and teens over what is acceptable communication on social media sites like FaceBook.
The father made the video after his teen daughter posted a long message on her FaceBook wall declaring she is not a slave and using curse words. She also suggested she be paid for doing simple chores in the home.
He reads her message into the camera and succinctly states he will not tolerate being disrespected and explains why. That he made his message public has created a very large response. The video has been watch over 14 million times to date. Many of the YouTube user comments support the father emphatically. Shooting the laptop with .45 pistol many times seems like an overreaction, but it clearly was meant to be dramatic.
Coincidentally, a short while ago a comparison of American and French parenting styles was written in the Wall Street Journal. The American author living in France noticed French children, (in her estimation) obey their parents and don’t talk back to them nearly as much, which makes taking them to public places like parks and restaurants much easier. This view was her own personal opinion. She said it has to do with being firm with children consistently and being able to say ‘No’ and mean it, instead of letting children do mostly what they want. The father in the video definitely says no, and explains why. Perhaps that is why he is being celebrated by some.
Spending a lot of time on FaceBook might not even be healthy for teens, recent research showed. So the father might have done the daughter a big favor, in terms of social media access.
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