Parenting in a social media world – an update

Remember when I wrote about Tommy Jordan, the father who shot his daughter’s laptop in response to a rude letter she wrote? Since he posted the video more than 27 million people have viewed it on YouTube. YOWZA! In his own words “the punishment accidentally outweighed the crime”.

In my opinion, he has handled this situation amazingly well. He has admitted his mistakes and done his best to insure that he has retained control of the story. He has refused any television appearances, choosing instead to reply via text first on his Facebook page and now on a newly started blog. The spotlight doesn’t appear to have gone to his head, and he has used it to raise funds for his local MDA chapter. Good on ‘em!

When asked why he thought the video was so popular, he responded “There’s no way this would have ‘blown up’ like it has were there not already a powder-keg problem ready to ignite.” I agree. People are sick and tired of entitled children and parents who won’t parent. I can’t support the methods he used, but I must say I support the sentiment.

I’m trying to raise children who are kind, motivated to work hard and appreciate all that they have been given. I think with A-Man’s help, so far, so good. My kids aren’t perfect and neither am I, but with a lot of work and a little luck, we’ll muddle through and they’ll grow up to be happy, healthy, self-sustaining adults who leave a positive mark on this world.


One of my pet peeves of modern media is that a story blows big for a few days and there is never any follow up. If you are interested in seeing where this takes Mr. Jordan and his family, you can visit his website.


One thought on “Parenting in a social media world – an update

  1. Thanks for the update. I think he has made the “best” of this, but I still think we as parents really need to think before we speak or act. We never want to do or say something we regret or would do differently. We should be able to have think about the possible consequences of what we say and do, unlike teenagers whos brains are still maturing. (I could go on and on about how adults in this culture just do not think things through enough, but I need to get to work.)


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