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Cyber Bullying: Mum Shames Her Daughter On Social Media - For Being A Cyber Bully

14/08/2014 16:57 | Updated 20 May 2015

Mom catches daughter cyber bullying

A mother caught her daughter cyber bullying and decided to teach her a lesson - by posting a photo on the Internet of her daughter holding a sign that read:

"My name is Hailey. I am a kind, caring, smart girl, but I make poor choices with social media. As punishment, I am selling my iPod and will be donating the money to the charity BeatBullying in hopes of changing my behaviour as well as bringing awareness to bullying. Because bullying is wrong."

Mom catches daughter cyber bullying

But isn't the mother just as guilty of bullying and abusing her own child on social media?

While the photo was intended to teach her daughter a lesson, this style of parenting seems a bit heavy-handed, to say the least.

The majority of comments on the sites Imgur and Reddit, where the photo was posted, say the mother's reaction is a form of bullying in itself.

But there were a small number who supported this public shaming. One Reddit user said: "This actually does seem better than other 'embarrass your child by making them wear a sign' punishments I've seen. Because the sign doesn't say she 'is a bully' but rather she is 'a kind, caring, smart girl, but' she makes poor choices with social media. Seems I've heard that's important to do in discipline. Don't convince the kid they're inherently bad. Emphasize that their behavior needs to change."

Somewhat ironically, this is not how BeatBullying advise parents to deal with cyber bullying.

You can read their advice here.

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