Can they?…yes they can.
Wednesday is teen and parent news day and I wanted to take a moment to talk about this case:
MONTREAL, June 18 (UPI) — An appeal will be filed in a Montreal court after a Quebec judge overruled a father who grounded his 12-year-old daughter for dangerous Internet use.
“The lawyer for the father, who can’t be identified to protect the girl, told The Gazette newspaper that Justice Suzanne Tessier overstepped the court’s bounds last Friday when she ruled in favor of the girl’s legal challenge and said she would be allowed to go on a school trip her father had forbidden because of misbehavior.
“I don’t think this tribunal was the proper forum for a decision like this one,” lawyer Kim Beaudoin said. “If we don’t learn at the age of 12 there are rules to follow, when do we?”
He said he was preparing an appeal based on the fact the judge acknowledged the girl’s repeated defiance of her father’s house rules.
They included bypassing security settings to block Web sites the father didn’t trust, then using a friend’s computer to access those sites. Beaudoin said the girl also posted online photos of herself “inappropriate for a child her age,” the report said”
This girl brought a parenting case to court. She did not agree with her dad’s rule and brought him to court…to court! I think this is outrageous and strangely liberating all at the same time.
On the one hand, the mature-23-year-old part of me (I try to be at least) is outraged that a parent’s judgement would be challenged. On the other hand, the still-living-at-home-23-year-old part of me is thinking power to the youth!
Boy oh boy, there were times when my parents made rules “just because” or “because I said so” that I wish I could have taken them to court! Thoughts?
I am going to be posting this with Amy Jussel’s parent opinion of Shaping Youth (where I am on the board) about how marketers affect youth today. Stay tuned, add your comments below.