Saturday, May 26, 2012

Daughter ‘Begged’ for Spanking Instead of Mom’s Embarrassing Web Photo

From: Kim H.
Sent: May 26, 2012
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Daughter ‘Begged’ for Spanking Instead of Mom’s Embarrassing Web Photo
I have been battling my kids for years to not post things that will ruin their image. I know that peer pressure to look cool is hard to fight off but come on kids use your noggin. I'm to the point that I think until they understand the consequences of sharing such things I might have to take away their privileges. Please share for other parents to see, Kim.

Daughter ‘Begged’ for Spanking Instead of Mom’s Embarrassing Web Photo
At first, it might seem like your typical case of modern parental discipline: A Texas mom has prohibited her 12-year-old daughter from using the photo-sharing site Instagram after she caught the girl posting a photo of herself holding an unopened bottle of vodka with a caption that read “I sure wish I could drink this.”

But it’s what ReShonda Tate Billingsley did next that has people buzzing: Billinglsey, a prominent Houston-area author, had her daughter post a new picture of herself to Instagram earlier this month holding a sign reading, “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 (and) should not post. Bye-bye.”

Billingsley then posted the same photo – in which only the lower half of her daughter’s face was visible – to her own personal Facebook page and it has since gone viral. It has seen 11,000 shares from Facebook alone, not to mention attention from various media outlets.

Billingsley told that in the past, she had warned her daughter, who does not have her own Facebook account, to be careful about what she posted to the photo-sharing site and was surprised to see the vodka photo.

“I thought she knew better, but in her mind, she thought, ‘I’m not drinking, what’s the problem?’” Billingsley said. What the girl didn’t realize, she said, was that the photo might still send the wrong message to a future employer or prove attractive to a predator, who “can see it and think this is a little girl who likes to drink.”

Read More at ABCNews

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