Skip to comments.Facebook Dad's Response to Media Outlet (LOVE IT)
Posted on 02/11/2012 8:48:22 AM PST by DouglasKC
Media Response to Anita Li, from the Toronto Star
Since you took the time to email us with your requests like we asked, Ill take the time to give you an honest follow-up response. Youll have to forgive me for doing so publicly though; again I want to be sure my words are portrayed the way I actually say them, not cut together to make entirely different points.
Your questions were: Q: Why did you decide to reprimand your daughter over a public medium like YouTube?
A: Well, I actually just had to load the video file itself on YouTube because its a better upload process than Facebook, but the intended audience was her Facebook friends and the parents of those friends who saw her post and would naturally assume we let our children get away with something like that. So, to answer Why did you reprimand her over a public medium like Facebook my answer is this: Because thats how I was raised. If I did something embarrassing to my parents in public (such as a grocery store) I got my tail tore up right there in front of God and everyone, right there in the store. I put the reprisal in exactly the same medium she did, in the exact same manner. Her post went out to about 452 people. Mine went out to about 550 people originally. I had no idea it would become what it did.
Q: How effective do you think your punishment was (i.e. shooting her laptop and reading her letter online)?
A: I think it was very effective on one front. She apparently didnt remember being talked to about previous incidents, nor did she seem to remember the effects of having it taken away, nor did the eventual long-term grounding seem to get through to her. I think she thought Well, Ill just wait it out and Ill get it back eventually. Her behavior corrected for a short time, and then it went back to what it was before and worse. This time, she wont ever forget and itll be a long time before she has an opportunity to post on Facebook again. I feel pretty certain that every day from then to now, whenever one of her friends mentions Facebook, shell remember it and wish she hadnt done what she did.
The second lesson I want her to learn is the value of a dollar. We dont give her everything she asks for, but you can all imagine what its like being the only grandchild and the first child. Presents and money come from all sides when youre young. Most of the things she has that are cool were bought or gifted that way. Shes always asked for very few things, but theyre always high-dollar things (iPod, laptop, smartphone, etc). Eventually she gets given enough money to get them. Thats not learning the value of a dollar. Its knowing how to save money, which I greatly applaud in her, but its not enough. She wants a digital SLR camera. She wants a 22 rifle like mine. She wants a car. She wants a smart phone with a data package and unlimited texting. (I have to hear about that one every week!)
She thinks all these things are supposed to be given to her because shes got parents. Its not going to happen, at least not in our house. She can get a job and work for money just like everyone else. Then she can spend it on anything she wants (within reason). If she wants to work for two months to save enough to purchase a $1000 SLR camera with an $800 lens, then I can guarantee shell NEVER leave it outside at night. Shell be careful when she puts it away and carries it around. Shell value it much more because she worked so hard to get it. Instead, with the current way things have been given to her, she's on about her fourth phone and just expects another one when she breaks the one she has. She's not sorry about breaking it, or losing it, she's sorry only because she can't text her friends. I firmly believe she'll be a LOT more careful when she has to buy her own $299.00 Motorola Razr smartphone.
Until then, she can do chores, and lots and lots of them, so the people who ARE feeding her, clothing her, paying for all her school trips, paying for her musical instruments, can have some time to relax after they finish working to support her and the rest of the family. She can either work to make money on her own, or she will do chores to contribute around the house. Shes known all along that all she has to do is get a job and a lot of these chores will go away. But if youre too lazy to work even to get things you want for yourself, Im certainly not going to let you sit idly on your rear-end with your face glued to both the TV and Facebook for 5 to 6 hours per night. Those days are over.
Q: How did your daughter respond to the video and to what happened to her laptop?
A: She responded to the video with I cant believe you shot my computer! That was the first thing she said when she found out about it. Then we sat and we talked for quite a long while on the back patio about the things she did, the things I did in response, etc.
Later after shed had time to process it and Id had time to process her thoughts on the matters we discussed, we were back to a semi-truce you know that uncomfortable moment when youre in the kitchen with your child after an argument and youre both waiting to see which ones going to cave in and resume normal conversation first? Yeah, that moment. I told her about the video response and about it going viral and about the consequences it could have on our family for the next couple of days and asked if she wanted to see some of the comments people had made. After the first few hundred comments, she was astounded with the responses.
People were telling her she was going to commit suicide, commit a gun-related crime, become a drug addict, drop out of school, get pregnant on purpose, and become a stripper because shes too emotionally damaged now to be a productive member of society. Apparently stripper was the job-choice of most of the commenters. Her response was Dude its only a computer. I mean, yeah Im mad but pfft. She actually asked me to post a comment on one of the threads (and I did) asking what other job fields the victims of laptop-homicide were eligible for because she wasnt too keen on the stripping thing.
We agreed we learned two collective lessons from this so far:
First: As her father, Ill definitely do what I say I will, both positive and negative and she can depend on that. She no longer has any doubt about that.
Second: We have always told her what you put online can affect you forever. Years later a single Facebook/MySpace/Twitter comment can affect her eligibility for a good job and can even get her fired from a job she already has. Shes seen first-hand through this video the worst possible scenario that can happen. One post, made by her Dad, will probably follow him the rest of his life; just like those mean things she said on Facebook will stick with the people her words hurt for a long time to come. Once you put it out there, you cant take it back, so think carefully before you use the internet to broadcast your thoughts and feelings.
Oh, blow it out your butt.
I think the man knows he’s not perfect and judging from his comments, knows that this incident may affect him as well.
What a terrific approach. He anticipated every possible scenario; from the press, interviews to reality shows.
Kudos to this family! Great example of what families used to be and should still be.
(what a great sense of humor too!)
Judging from the high-end finish, and extended mag plate I’d say his 1911 is most likely one of the newer configurations along the lines of a 1991 series 70 or 80 with the firing pin disconnect.
Probably just as safe as any other modern handgun in a similar “condition.”
I think ‘goldi’ is upset because ‘goldi’ is either a teenager herself or barely out of her teens. jmho of course but those posts have the tone of a young’un.
>>Oh, blow it out your butt.<<
LOLOL! You have such a way with words.
“I think the clincher that probably provoked gunfire was when she declared she couldnt wait until they were too old to wipe their own asses.”
I’ve used the reverse of that on my kids when they were in their teens. They’d balk on doing something to help and I’d pull the old “I used to wipe your @ass when you couldn’t so please give me a break”!
Yeah, I know. So you can dish it out but you can’t take it right?
>>So you can dish it out but you cant take it right?<<
Dish what out? Just asking the obvious question.
I linked the video to my Facebook page...with a thinly veiled message to my own teen daughter...letting her know that cellphones aren’t bulletproof, either. :-)
Well, if you had read all the FB entries that DouglasKC posted, you’d know he really wasn’t looking for 15 minutes of fame. He understood this thing had gone viral and wanted an accurate account of events and his thoughts on record, so he is making these FB posts. Which, given what we know about the general quality of media accounts in general as observant FReepers, is an eminently sensible thing for him to do. So, again, kudos to him.
I suggest we split the country down the middle and everyone who called CPS can move to one side and everyone who gave a standing O move to the other. But then again, we already have one 3rd world country on our border.
My niece works in the entertainment industry. I wonder if she would be interested in developing another reality show about a dysfunctional family...maybe some good can come out of this afterall.
Yep, sounds like either a typical DUer or KOS-kid.
If a tenth of your energy actually read the article, you would know he already turned down offers from broadcasters.
Not everyone is an attention whore.
Why do liberals always project?
Why? Schools and charities haven't learned the value of a dollar yet.
A month or two? The idea was to permanently remove it. He could have sold it or given it away, but this sent the right message.
I supposed it was because she chose to publicly reprimand HIM in the first place.
What an elegant linguistic style! What a sophisticated capacity for reasoned debate! What an elegant defense of a philosophic position, founded, as it no doubt is, in deep and broad experience with child psychology. See how she cites her own childrearing tribulations and successes, how she refers to the scholarly literature of psychology, how she enlists the doctrines of faith to advance her views. I am silenced by such erudition, Netmilsmom; how 'bout you?
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.