Why we should discipline in private and praise in public

Joe Laramie, former police lieutenant, explains why it is important for parents to praise their children in public, but to discipline them privately
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Why we should discipline in private and praise in public

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Parents are using technology more and more. The problem is they are oversharing through technology. I really caution parents to not use technology to talk about their kids indiscretions. They shouldn't be posting information on YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook about some mistake their child made. When I was a young police officer, I went to supervision school. The basic tenant in supervision is; discipline in private, and praise in public. That's the same philosophy that they should have with technology with their kids. They should praise the kids in public and not use this public forum to discipline their child. I've seen too many examples in the news, from parents who say, "My kid did this and I'm using what they used, their Twitter, their Facebook, to show them how bad they are. That's not how we parent. We parent by disciplining in private and praising in public.

Joe Laramie, former police lieutenant, explains why it is important for parents to praise their children in public, but to discipline them privately

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Lt. Joe Laramie

Former Police Lieutenant

In 2012 Lt. Joe Laramie (retired) formed Laramie Consulting, where he provides strategies and solutions for law enforcement and schools to address policy and training on a variety of technology and child exploration issues. He has 30 years of experience in the area of child protection, was certified Police Juvenile Specialist and taught D.A.R.E. for 15 years. From 2010-2011 he worked for the Missouri Attorney General as Adminstrator of Computer Forensics Lab, responsible for addressing online crimes against children, cyber bullying and human trafficking. In 2010, after 31 years of service he retired as a Lieutenant from the Glendale Police Department, where he was detached form 2003-2010 as Commander of the Missouri Interent Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. During his time with MO ICAC he served the National ICAC Task Force Program as liaison to Interent Safety Organizaitons such as Netsmartz, iKeepSafe, and Web Wise Kids, and was a member of the Executive Committee. He is a nationally known speaker on the topic of online crimes against children, technology safety, and cyber bullying. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University and is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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