When Denise Abbott's 13-year-old daughter Ava wouldn't stop talking smack and stirring up drama on Facebook, the Ohio mother decided to employ a punishment to fit the crime.
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Abbott replaced her daughter's profile picture with a photo of the girl with a red X layered over her mouth. "I do not know how to keep my... I am not longer allowed on Facebook or my phone. Please ask why, my mom says I have to answer everyone that asks," read a message accompanying the picture.
Abbot says the move was an appropriate punishment for the social media generation.
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"When you put everything on Facebook, you have to realize there's a consequence for all of your actions," she told a local NBC affiliate.
It's the second high-profile instance of "Facebook parenting" to arise over the past couple months. In February, a North Carolina father named Tommy Jordan posted a video to YouTube of himself shooting several rounds into his teenage daughter's laptop after she wrote a disrespectful Facebook post about her parents. That video went viral in a major way, spawned numerous spoofs and gained Jordan a significant level of Internet notoriety.
Many parents and commentators praised Jordan for taking a stand against a generation of spoiled and digitally immersed kids, while others condemned him for borderline child abuse. According to Abbott, however, methods like hers and Jordan's aren't just fluke anomalies.
"You have to adapt your parenting skills with the times," she told NBC.
Do you think Denise Abbott used an effective and fair parenting method, or was her daughter's punishment an over-the-top humiliation? Let us know in the comments.
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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