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It’s Up To Parents To Pull Plug On Internet

essie2 Wrote: Oct 04, 2012 2:05 PM
We have friends who actually said to their children "This family is not a democracy; it's a benevolent dictatorship. We (the parents) have determined it's a dictatorship; your behavior determines how benevolent it is."
R124 Wrote: Oct 04, 2012 4:12 PM
My folks (and later, my wife and I) left out the 'benevolent' part. It saves a lot of teenage arguing about 'general welfare'.

A week ago, after I gave a speech to a parent group, a mother with a difficult issue approached me. It was something she didn’t want to discuss in front of her school community during the question-and-answer session.

“Basically,” she whispered, “my daughter is totally addicted to Facebook. She is on it all the time — and I mean ALL the time — and if we ask her to click off and join the family, she gets very nasty.

“I feel like I should do something,” the mother told me, choking back her emotion, “but I don’t know what to do.”