Today's Australian newspapers have been all over a story about a mum in Townsville who publicly shamed her ten year-old son for his stealing habit.
In a nutshell, the mother made her young son sit in public with a sign reading
"Do not trust me. I will steal from you as I am a thief"
pinned to his shirt. The boy, thought to be aged about 10, was also wearing Shrek ears and writing lines in what appeared to a form of public punishment. It all happened in a park, and some reports suggest that other kids at the park enjoyed mocking this young boy.
As you might expect, the talkback shows, current affairs programs, and parenting blogs and forums have been going crazy with opinion divided - strongly - as to whether or not this was appropriate.
Of course, if we all thought this was ok, it wouldn't be news would it?
So, is it fair enough to shame a child, to induce guilt, and to humiliate him or her? And will this approach work?