Sometimes I hate the internet.
A father took a video of his two-year-old daughter having a (pretty mild) tantrum over an iPad, and posted it online. And some folks, of course, immediately started bursting with self righteousness. People magazine posted the clip with the blurb:
“Ashlynn Hobbs is normally a very sweet 2-year-old, her parents insist. But in this video, the Texas tot is a cautionary tale of the power technology has over children today.
“Dad Daniel Brooks says that he and his girlfriend use an iPad with Ashlynn for educational purposes, but that ‘the only problem is [Ashlynn] doesn’t want to put it down.’ That results in moments like the one in this video: Ashlynn’s temper tantrum and cries of ‘I want my iPad!’ will make any parent think twice about letting their child get started on a new tech toy.”
And, of course the comments section of the post is jammed with people calling for Daniel’s figurative head, all hiding behind anonymity, of course.
“What a brat!! And her parents should be ashamed of themselves for basically letting technology raise their child,” says one poster.
“There is a whole lot wrong with this!” writes another. “The child is treating the ipad like a comfort item…i.e. blanket, teddy bear, etc. The father gives in to the tantrum, giving her what she wants. As a teacher, I see so many younger children (K-2) just not understanding what no means. They get their own way at home and expect it at school. It creates social problems between that child and the rest of the world….annnnd he puts it on you tube! Some things, like crappy parenting, do not need to be plastered on the internet.”
I have no idea whether Daniel Brooks is a good or bad parent but I can’t make that decision based on a one-minute long video. There are plenty of videos on Brooks’ channel in which Ashlynn is not throwing a tantrum. Also, she’s two. Of course she’s throwing a tantrum. That’s her JOB.
My 11 month old was playing with a bowl and spoon the other day, pretending to feed herself. When I took them away, she started to cry. What a brat, right? I should be ashamed of myself for letting a bowl and spoon raise my child! A cautionary tale about the power kitchen utensils have over children today!
What a bunch of idiots.