Akron, Ohio mom uses Facebook to discipline daughter

Daughter: 'I was mean and disrespectful to my mom'

AKRON, Ohio - Denise Abbott just wanted her daughter to learn a lesson about what not to do on Facebook.

What she did

The Akron mother created a Facebook profile picture showing her 13-year-old daughter, Ava, with a red "X" across her mouth, followed by the words "I do not know how to keep my (mouth shut). I am no longer allowed on Facebook or my phone. Please ask why. My mom says I have to answer everyone that asks."

"I was mean and disrespectful to my mom"

Via email, Ava writes, "I feel like I deserved it because I was mean to my mom and spoke disrespectful to her in front of my friends. Facebook is a big part of my social life and it's how me and my friends find out what is going on and making plans and about school work and projects. It made me realize that I didn't want my picture on there like that because all of my friends were asking me what happened and what I did. I told the people that asked me and my mom why that I spoke to my mom mean when she was doing nice stuff for me and my friends. I know my mom always makes sure I don't get away with stuff like that and I was sorry. Thank you, Ava"

Cyber discipline

Denise said she realizes that "cyber discipline" isn't for every parent, but that she believes it has made a good point with Ava.

Denise said that, as long as her daughter behaves, she'll likely be allowed to use her cell phone and Facebook again in about a week.

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