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Punishment by Ebay

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Parents are using the Internet for punishment and profit.

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A Canadian man wanted to punish his son bigtime. So, he decided to not give him his Christmas present, the hard-to-get Guitar Hero III. Instead, the enterprising father put it up for sale on Ebay with a post explaining why:

“I came home from work early and what do I find? My innocent little boy smoking pot in the back yard."

It worked. Someone plunked down almost $10,000 for the coveted video game. Quite a lot, considering Guitar Hero III retails for only $90. That makes an eBay sale a much better discipline tactic than a tired old grounding— because, then what do you get? Just a disgruntled teenage in your house 24/7.

With Ebay you can publicly humiliate your child AND turn a nice profit. Recently, a woman put her son’s entire collection of Pokemon cards up for sale with a lengthy explanation of his crime. (He tried to sneak a pack into her shopping cart) She inadvertently won an avid following for her shrewd parenting and has since started her own high-traffic blog.

Want your piece of the pie?

Here are other ways you can harness the power of the World Wide Web and discipline your child at the same time. Who knows, you might win a Webby Award!

  • The Grounded Cam: 24-hour footage of a pissed off teen doing nothing.

  • Create a super-personalized Web site: Start a site every time you're disappointed in your child, complete with pictures and blog. Sell ads targeted to tweens.

    Here are some that aren't already taken:
    www.jason_smith_stole_a_candybar.com
    www.tiiffany_reynolds_is_too_young_to_date.net
    www.bobby_broke_a_vase.com

  • Clean Your Room: The Movie: Create a
    documentary of their living quarters and put it up on YouTube. File it
    under “National Disasters.” Promise to take it down when your kid
    cleans the room to your satifaciton. Be prepared for the video to be up
    on YouTube for a looooong time. Cross your fingers, it might go viral!


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