Smart Mom Teaches 7-Year-Old A Serious Lesson In Online Safety

Sue Samad’s 7-year-old girl had a serious confession to make. After using the iPad and tucked into bed, she came downstairs crying that she needed to tell the truth: she broke the rules and was chatting with gaming people online.

The girl knew she broke the family’s “no chat” policy and actually begged her mom to punish her because she deserved to be grounded for her actions. Instead, her Mother came up with an even better plan to ensure that she learned the magnitude of her mistake.

It got me thinking, OK . . . I ground her, confiscate the iPad, but really no lesson is learned,” she wrote on Facebook. “My absolute manic mind came up with this faux letter with letter head and all. I put it in our mailbox this afternoon addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Taher. The letter is just reminder, deterrence, and will possibly freak the crap out of her for a few years (I hope).”

The “letter” was signed from Security Intelligence for Children Cyber Safety and informed Sue that her daughter had breached the cyber internet safety contract for kids. It went on to say that her daughter’s Wi-Fi had been disconnected and can only be reinstated when the child proves to her parents that she is “responsible and understands the immediate dangers she has put herself and her sibling in.”

Sue says that the response she got when she showed her kids the letter was exactly what she was hoping for. It was a tool to help them discuss the importance of online safety. “The letter doesn’t replace continuous education about cyber danger, stranger danger, and keeping the open dialogue and honesty with your children,” she wrote. “If they make a mistake, pull them up, watch what they are doing, let them make mistakes with you and be OK to discuss those awkward subjects that make your stomach squirm.”

Sue said that she doesn’t believe in denying her kids access to the internet as it’s such a big party of this generation’s daily life, but she does hope parents learn from both her daughter’s mistake and her reaction to it.

“A reminder to all of us to watch what our children do online, be the helicopter parent, observe their behavior, be open with discussion even if it’s so uncomfortable and beyond their years of understanding,” she wrote. “My hope is to raise resilient and socially-conscious children who God willing will grow up sensible children. And to add some humor to this very disturbing topic . . . it’ll be a great piece to present at her 18th birthday.”

Hayley Malan

Hayley Malan is a full time working Mom and freelance writer. She gets her inspiration from her own experiences as a mother.

Recent Posts

Breaking News: Middle School Student Shoots Himself At School

A seventh grader in Ohio shot himself in a school bathroom early on Tuesday, authorities have confirmed. The student shot…

23 hours ago

People Really Want Child-Free Zones On Planes

For some people, the idea of being seated next to a child or baby is literally their own personal definition…

23 hours ago

Mom Falls In Coma After C-Section, But Her Baby Brought Her Back To Life 1 Week Later

What was thought to be a routine delivery, quickly turned into a awful medical emergency. When Shelly Cawley went into…

23 hours ago

Mother Admits To Poisoning Her 7-Week-Old Baby On Purpose And Killing Him

Heartbreaking story of a little boy whose short life was cut when his mother took away any chance he had.…

23 hours ago

Distraught Mother Drops Off 2 Children At Phoenix Fire Station

Fire Crews at Phoenix Fire Station 22 responded to an unusual emergency when a young mother showed up on their…

2 days ago

7-Year-Old Was The 5th Child Shot In 11 Days In Jacksonville

Boy's death draws outrage from community, police, city leaders   The death of a 7-year-old Jacksonville boy in a drive-by shooting Sunday night…

2 days ago