“Since I want to post photos of me holding liquor, I am obviously not ready for social media and will be taking a hiatus until I learn what I should + should not post. Bye-bye.”
Texas mother ReShonda Tate Billingsley forced her 12 year old to post this image to Facebook and Instagram after she found out that the daughter uploaded a photograph of herself with an unopened semi-empty bottle of vodka in her hand.
The overly-protective ‘she took it too far’ types can hate all they want, but I personally think this is a triumph for her mother. A simple, yet effective punishment.
Ms. Billingsley said she had told her daughter to be careful with what she posted on the internet claiming it was “still a problem because the photo might send the wrong message to a future employer or be attractive to a predator.”
“I felt I needed to hit her where it hurt most…If she is ever allowed back on social media, she’ll definitely think twice about anything she posts,”
Whilst some family groups are criticizing Ms. Billingsley for this ordeal, I applaud this action.
Family Care Groups in America have frowned on the punishment claiming it could lead to a much more serious emotional damage due to the embarrassment factor – with one extremist even claiming that this could provoke a suicide attempt – the situation has opened the eyes of many who agree with this ‘think before you post or face embarrassment’ method of teaching a young girl (or any child for that matter) the consequences of sending visually appealing messages to sexual predators or, really, any unwanted attention.