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As the father of a 13 year-old daughter, I totally agree that something had to be done. I understand why he was upset. It was his response to the problematic behavior that I take issue with. What he did was not the answer. I’m sorry, Kevin, but two wrongs don’t make a right. More than likely, whatever problems that existed before his post will still exist afterwards.

Embarrassing a child neither creates nor promotes long-term change. And given how fragile pre-teens and teenagers can be, I think we have to be very careful in how we approach our children, particularly our young ladies.

I understand being at the end of your rope with a child, willing to do almost do anything to get your message across. However, as parents, we have to consider how public humiliation impacts our children. What do you really think a 10-year-old can learn from being publicly humiliated?

Parenting is a very private thing, like prayer, marriage and sex. I am one who believes that every child should have a healthy dose of fear when it comes their parents, and discipline is very necessary when it comes to raising our children.

We just have to be careful in our approach to dealing with children who live in a very public world. Getting your behind beat in front of the neighborhood kids in 1979, when your Mama could beat their butts too, is very different than being humiliated today on Facebook.

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Zack Burgess is an award winning journalist, who is the Director/Owner of OFF WOODWARD MEDIA, LLC, where he works as a Writer, Editor and Communications Specialist. His work can be seen at Twitter: @zackburgess1

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