One mom on our forum asks:
"My 15 year old son recently made some questionable and disturbing "Jack Ass" style YouTube videos with his friends. They had everything from silly stunts to self-injury like stapling themselves and pouring rubbing alcohol on their hands and lighting it with a lighter to crude and obscene language and references. My husband and I were very upset, and my husband grounded my son and took away the video camera. He is usually calm, but he lost it this time, calling my son an embarrassment, and telling him he had to draw the line on how stupid he was going to be. My son says he's just being creative and was trying to be "extreme" to get notoriety. Aside from the obvious danger issues, have we overreacted? Are we trying to hold value standards that are just too much to expect of teens these days?"
Denise's thoughts: "I think your reaction is normal, and warranted. Falling back and regrouping if name calling happened would also be warranted. But letting your son know that this video does embarrass you and holding him to that standard is not overreacting at all. You did well taking that stand with him. I would also remind him that anyone can see that video, including the college admissions officer who may check the internet when he applies or his grandmother. I have more tips in my blogging teens article."
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