Dad's lesson on bullying goes viral

Dad's lesson on bullying goes viral

A United States father's decision to make his 10-year-old daughter walk kilometres to school over three days as punishment for bullying is causing controversy among parents online. Millions of people have viewed it and hundreds of thousands more have left a comment.

Mr Cox added that many children feel entitled to privileges like being taken to school in the morning by auto or bus.

"I was bullied many times by kids bigger than me", she said. "Though she probably deserved to be punished, internet videos are forever".

"I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this, but that is alright".

The footage shows Kirsten walking on the side of the road as her father follows behind in his vehicle.

"Lesson learned! Still has all her extremities intact, is happy and healthy and seems to have a new outlook on bullying as well as a new appreciation for some of the simple things in life she used to take for granted". Riding the school bus or getting a lift from your parents is a privilege, he said during the video, and one his daughter had lost with her bad behavior.

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Prof Espelage says that children are less likely to act out if behaviours have consequences, but she would suggest a different approach than walking in the cold. "I just thought friends and family would see it, and then a friend asked me to make it public so that they could share it", he told the station. "It's not just the bullying he is addressing, it's the fact that kids nowadays think they are being owed privileges".

"It's good to see that some parents still control their children instead of the other way round".

He videoed the punishment and took to Facebook to make a statement against bullying.

School buses are pictured on January 15, 2013 in New York City.

Kirsten said she'd been bullied herself, but the punishment - which was actually split up over multiple days, her father said - has taught her the lesson it intended.

He added that he hoped parents would "start holding their kids accountable".

Cox said he sat down with his children to show them the comments on the video so that they could understand the effects of bullying.

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