What can be more extreme than shooting a child’s iPhone? A mom shot an iPhone in a YouTube video that is getting lots of views across social media platforms.
The mother, who was unnamed in the video uploaded by user “24hour,” slammed the effects social media and new media were having on her children, according to a report by CNet.
“She places it on a tree stump, takes up a shotgun and blasts it.”
“‘I hereby denounce the effects that social media have on my children,’ she declares. ‘Their disobedience and their disrespect.'”
“A powerful sentiment, to be sure.”
“What some might find more powerful is that she’s not content with just shooting the iPhone once. She shoots it twice.”
After shooting the phone, twice, the mother then took a sledge hammer to the phone, according to the Daily Mail.
The British paper noted that the mother’s disrespectful children appeared in the video with their disrespect on full display. Not only did one of the woman’s sons flip the bird to the camera at least twice, but another child can be heard telling his mother he didn’t give “two f***s” about his mother destroying the phones. Ouch.
For a mother bent on destroying her children’s ability to communicate with possibly destructive forces, we think she accomplished a temporary victory by shooting the iPhones, though it remains to be seen whether the children will land new iPhones through other means.
While it is unknown just how much time the kids were spending on social media, texting, and browsing the web, any parent paying a child’s cell phone bill knows it can get expensive quick should the data plan go over.
The Telegraph released an article recently with tips on reducing data usage, and who knows? Maybe it could have been used by the mother in the video above to keep her children from becoming disrespectful and using the phones to browse social media.
The site suggests using Wi-Fi whenever possible, checking settings, syncing playlists, and disabling app background refresh.
It also suggests a simple action – data alerts. It is something I have on my account to allow me to know when my account is nearing a certain point, notifying me which phone on the account is using high amounts of data.
“On Android open Settings > Wireless & Networks and select Data Usage to check your amount, and turn Set Mobile data Limit on to trigger an alert when you’re entering your own specified data danger zone.”
“On an iPhone, open Settings > Mobile Data and scroll down to the bottom of the menu to hit Reset Statistics. Any reminders to reset the stats each month, you’ll need to set separately through the Reminders app.”
Of course, the other option listed on The Telegraph is to simply turn off data altogether. While many believe that would eliminate contact with the outside world or limit the ability to play games altogether, that simply is not the case. If you are in a Wi-Fi area, you’ll still be connected to the outside world assuming you have connected to the network. And by turning off Wi-Fi and data combined, some games could actually go faster. Take the free version of Angry Birds, for example. It has commercials, but the commercials disappear if data is turned off or the phone is in airplane mode, providing a more enjoyable playing experience.
As for the mother in the video above, we do not know if things have taken a turn for the better since she unleashed the fury of gunfire on the iPhones, but told the camera that she was not giving up on her children after shooting their iPhones.
“I refuse to be cursed. I refuse to be disobeyed. I take back my role as your parent.”
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