How To Discipline Your Kids When You Catch Them Twerking On YouTube

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This week, a controversial video was doing the internet rounds and flagged up a new trend plaguing parents: ‘Internet Discipline’. Richi shares his thoughts…

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Nowadays, internet fame comes at a price. With teens wanting to be the next Kim Kardashian or Miley Cyrus, parents are dealing with the latest trend: ‘Internet Discipline’. It has become a new ‘Official Unofficial’ trend for parents to have to discipline their youth through the same way their children seek fame: the internet.

I have no kids, but even I wonder what’s the best way to discipline a child these days. Parents are so unaware of what their kids are up to because sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram give the youth of today freedom to create and parent their own online platforms. I’m pretty sure some parents don’t understand the pressures young people face when it comes to keeping up with the latest trends, poses and vines. It’s a new culture, and parents are so disconnected from it, they just don’t know how to discipline it.

I’m not sure what can be done about it. There is no way of locking down your child and making sure that they don’t take part in trends like twerking. Let’s get this clear people, the youth do not lack shame, they lack realising that their results in their behaviour have consequences. These consequences then bring shame unto their parents. And let’s remember that ‘the youth of today’ are actually no worse than the youth 20 years ago; they are just using the technology and resources available to them now to express (and sometimes expose) themselves.

There’s always going to be a new dance move coming out, which, sadly, particularly exploits young females. But there are two main issues here, which go hand in hand. Children exposing themselves in using the internet and parents using that same method to discipline their children.

I saw a recent clip where a father was beating his 12 and 14-year-old daughters with an extension cable wire for posting sexual suggestive ‘twerking’ videos on Facebook. This footage was then uploaded to WorldStarHipHop, seen by millions eventually ending up being seen by the police, which then charged the father with child endangerment and corporal punishment.

Many debates have come up about how he should have disciplined his daughters, maybe sitting them down and having a chat or taking away their gadgets and internet privileges. I actually don’t know what I would have done. That might have not been the right way of dealing with it but it definitely makes the point that a lot of parents feel out of control when it comes to internet discipline. I can tell you now things are not going to get any better. The internet has bought a lot of great parts of youth culture, but also a lot of trouble. So just how do you discipline your kids when you catch them twerking on youtube? For me, only time will tell.

 @imSoUK 

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