Did a Mother Go Too Far When She Pranked Her Son?

A Utah mother made her son cry when she told him he’d inadvertently purchased a $50,000 car on the Internet. She has now been widely criticized for going too far.

A YouTube video of a mother telling her young son that he had hit the wrong button and purchased a $50,000 car recently caused an uproar with people criticizing her for going too far. The video, which quickly began racking up hits, shows her son crying when his mother told him he had purchased the car.

According to media reports, the 8-year-old had been browsing the site for a car for his father to restore when he came across a Mustang he thought was only $500. When he found it was more, he quickly shut off the iPad. His mother picked it up and, realizing what had happened, she asked him why he had purchased the $50,000 car. The YouTube video shows what followed. Once she told him the truth, however, he too laughed about it. However, not everybody thought it was funny, with many criticizing the mother for the prank.

So what do you think, a harmless prank or a cruel joke for a mother to play on her own child?

Rebecca McCarthy January 07, 2013 at 10:56 PM
The creepy thing about this whole incident is that it was all a set up....she lied to him while he was being filmed. She did this to get some kind of notice on the Internet. She was using her child, and that's what disturbs me. As I said, what a moron. And a meanie. What's she going to film the kid reacting to next time? "Son, your daddy is dead." That should be a great film, said no one with sense. Ever.
Amy January 08, 2013 at 01:41 AM
It's mind boggling....how is that funny?
Good Grief Y'all January 08, 2013 at 01:54 PM
It's wrong. It's more than a cruel joke - it is emotional abuse by a parent. It's also exploitative. People should not post videos of their children on youtube. It is an invasion of their privacy and it exploits them. I won't watch that video b/c I don't want to participate in that. I enjoy photos of family and friends on FB as much as anyone, but I don't think it's right to post anyone's picture without their consent. As a new grandmother I used to post a few pics of the little angels on FB, but then I came to realize that I don't have that right. I'm not their parent, and the kids are not capable of consent. If they want to post their own pics and videos on social media, they can do it when they're of age.
Gary Fox January 08, 2013 at 02:47 PM
All of you guys are reaching WAY out there w/your responses Watch the video & pay attention to the part where "mom" says you just made a mistake - the little fellow could have POTENTIALLY done something real wrong car shopping on line ALL the other do you post OR don't you post will NEVER BE RESOLVED
Good Grief Y'all January 09, 2013 at 12:06 PM
That lesson should have been a private one. It was a cruel setup which the mother exploited by posting on youtube. There will always be abuse of social media, but the possibility exists that it can be reduced when children are the subjects.


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