Human interest stories are not hard to find. Every day you hear something out of the blue but this new story caught everyone by surprise. A corporate executive has found a way to keep his teenage daughter off the social networking website Facebook. He is offering his daughter a $200 reward for staying off Facebook till June. He even drew up an official Facebook deactivation agreement so that neither of them could go back on their word. The image below shows the details of the agreement.
Many parents are worried about their children’s addiction to social networking sites and the impact they can have on their young minds. Paul Baier has laid down an example that other parents can follow as well. He too had similar concerns that his daughter Rachel was not concentrating on her studies. In the end it was Rachel who came up with the idea and Paul supported it completely. According to the details of the agreement Rachel is entitled to receive $50 in April and $150 in June.
Paul Baier who is vice-president of Boston energy company Groom Energy Solutions said that it was a great incentive. His daughter can now avoid wasting her time and in doing so earn some money as well. Rachel will rejoin Facebook after the completion of the agreement in June. In the mean time Paul will have access to her Facebook account to change the password and completely deactivate it. Paul hopes that the agreement will somehow lead to a long-term trend where his daughter doesn’t have to be on Facebook 24/7. In a further statement he said, “I’ve realized that she is part of a generation of kids that has grown up on Facebook. She’s been on it for two years full-time. This is two years of 24/7 teen discussion of friends, clothes, parties, etc, “They can’t get away from it. I’m proud she recognized the benefit of a hiatus. She plans to go on using it after the contract ends.”
The father daughter agreement has received a mixed reception from the audience with some complimenting the efforts of Paul while others being critical of the move.