Everywhere you look on YouTube, there are kids and teens (even dogs) who have been publicly shamed by their parents for doing something wrong. We spoke with one mom who did this, to get her side of the story — and whether she has had any regrets since.

Disciplining your child is one of the least-favorite parts of parenting. Teaching them right from wrong isn't always an easy task — we've all been there. In a new twist on parenting, some parents have taken to publicly shaming disobedient children on Facebook or YouTube. Are these parents making their point — or making a mistake? Listen to what this mom thinks.

Window shopping

When he left the iPad on and walked away, his mother noticed that he'd left the browser window open on a $50,000 Ford Mustang that he had actually bid on.

When Paula Papen's 8-year-old son Kenyon borrowed her iPad, he had no idea he was setting himself up. Kenyon used the iPad to browse expensive cars on eBay — no harm in looking, right? When he left the iPad on and walked away, his mother noticed he'd left the browser window open on a $50,000 Ford Mustang that he had actually bid on. When Papen decided to teach her son a lesson about using the internet responsibly, she had no idea she was opening a debate about her parenting skills.

The set up

Papen decided to trick her son into thinking that his bid had been accepted, and he had purchased the expensive car. She used her iPad to make a video of her son's reaction to her announcement. As she told Kenyon that he had indeed purchased the car and that they couldn't cancel the transaction, he began sobbing and calling himself horrible as she continued to tape him. After about a minute, mom confessed that it was a prank, and Kenyon was visibly relieved.

"I wasn't sure what his reaction would be," Papen says. "I didn't expect him to get quite so upset, but I had a feeling he would say or do something funny. When he said 'we're gonna have to sell everything' I felt bad for him and proud at the same time," she says. "It shows he knows there are consequences for his actions."

Parenting skills debated

We give them choices on some thing, but when it comes down to it, Mom and Dad are the boss!

Papen uploaded the video of her son to YouTube, and the reactions began to pour in. She was called everything from a "horrible mother" to the "best mom ever" by people who watched the video and left a comment. The story was picked up by the Today Show and Inside Edition, among others.

We asked Papen to describe her parenting style. "We use humor and empathy," she says."We give them choices on some things, but when it comes down to it, Mom and Dad are the boss!" She says that they try to teach their kids respect and responsibility. "Consequences usually consist of a good talk to make sure they truly understand what they have done wrong ,and the loss of privileges or a toy," Papen adds. "Kenyon is so big-hearted that if he thinks he's let me down or disappointed me, that's sometimes punishment enough."

Regrets?

I took a lot of criticism, but it was worth it. A lot of people got a good laugh. Kenyon got to feel like a celebrity.

Papen says she has no regrets about posting the video, which has logged almost 800,000 views to date. "I would post it again," she admits. "I took a lot of criticism, but it was worth it. A lot of people got a good laugh. Kenyon got to feel like a celebrity and the fact that a lesson was learned while having a laugh, well that was a great bonus," she adds.

Tell us!^ Would you publicly shame your child as a method of discipline? Leave us a comment below.

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