Lately, there have been many photos circulating throughout the social sites showing fed up parents using bold public punishments for their children.   If a child makes a bad decision these days, they not only have to worry about their legal record following them around now, but also their social media history.  From more mild classified ads…Very mad mother selling son's pickup truck after busting him for drinking and driving.

…to public humiliation…

kid shame

…to flat out criminal accusations, complete with horrible grammar…


…parents all over are taking to the streets (or social media) to test out creative consequences on their children. I’ve seen many people commend these parents for calling out their kids and forcing them to recognize their errors, while some people say these punishments are too harsh.  My concern is less immediate and more about the future.  In several years, when these kids are trying to get jobs or applying to colleges, what happens when someone recognizes them as that kid they saw holding the sign claiming that they’re a thief?  If I were to venture a guess, I’d say not many employers are going to want to take that risk.

So what do you think?  Is this a great parenting tactic, or are they setting their kids up for failure down the line?  Is it appropriate in some instances, like the ones above that don’t show the children’s faces or mention their names, but not in the last image showing the child’s face?  Is branding someone as a thief or a troublemaker early in life going to stick with them for years to come?  Does it matter at all?

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