FACEBOOK: Mom punishes daughter, punishment goes viral

Posted at 8:34 AM, May 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-23 08:36:28-04

HOUSTON (KTRK) – A Texas mom takes an pro-active approach to teaching her child the consequences of posting inappropriate material on Facebook. 

Earlier this month Roshanda Tate Billingsley’s daughter posted a picture of her posing with an unopened bottle of vodka – captioned – I wish I could drink this.

“You know what’s right and wrong.  And there are to be no pictures of you half naked – anything like that. No pictures … inappropriate pictures are what I called them,” said  Billingsley. “Even though we’d had the conversation her friends were posting much worse.  So in her mind this was pretty tame.”

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Not so tame said mom. She took a picture of her daughter – face not shown – holding a sign that read:

Since I want to take pictures holding liquor – I’m obviously not ready for social media and will be taking a hiatus until I learn that is and isn’t appropriate to post. Bye-bye.

Billingsley posted the picture on Facebook and Instagram.

The photo went viral. Her friends shared the picture 11,000 times on Facebook the first day.

Billingsley said her daughter had a melt down on day one. But by day two she was reading parents post on her mom’s Facebook page – in support of the punishment.

Clinical psychologist and University of Houston professor John Vincent  does not agree with the mom’s choice of punishment.

“There’s a better way. And I think the better way is building on positive things, helping kids make intelligent choices, helping them understand the consequences of their choices,” he said.”