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Mom Pays Daughter $300 To Stay Off Facebook

MSNBC.COM - Like many parents, Melynda Rushing just wanted to help her college-age daughter improve her grades.

Whereas parents of a previous generation worried about their teen children spending too much time talking on the telephone, watching television or playing video games, Rushing, a mother of six in Rock Hill, N.C., was worried about her daughter, Alyssa, spending three to four hours a day on Facebook.

So she offered Alyssa, a student at the University of South Carolina, a deal: She'd give her $300 to stay off Facebook for a month while devoting the extra time to her studies.

"It was very hard," Alyssa told the Charlotte Observer in the middle of her Facebook fast. "It was actually a lot harder the first couple of days. I didn't know I was truly addicted."

After sharing their story with the media, the Rushings faced some online criticism. The article about them was quickly peppered with disparaging comments about Melynda's parenting skills and Alyssa's maturity.

Discuss: Could your kids abstain from using Facebook for a month?

"A college student being bribed by their own parent to stay off of Facebook? How about letting her find out the hard way herself? Let her fail, it's a hard lesson she has to learn herself that can't be taught or bought by her parents. She's an adult for crying out loud. Also, if the child was any younger, I would say beat her rear and take away any computers she has. Who's the parent here anyway?" wrote one commenter.

"I can't believe a parent is offering her kid $300 to do something she should already be doing. I bet if this young lady had to finance her own education grades would take priority over Facebook," wrote another.

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