I’ve pictured a thousand and one ways I’d have scolded my parents if I caught them embarrassing me on social media. And let me tell you something, I’ve failed a thousand and one times.

You may be tempted to believe that I’m not the right person to dish out tips on dealing with your parents, but please, perish that thought. You know how older folks say it’s easier to discipline a stranger’s child than it is your own? Exactly. The same principle applies here. 

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let us explore the different ways to send your parents into shocked mute if they misbehave on Obasanjo’s internet. 

Deactivate your social media

What to Do When Your Parents Join a Social Media Challenge

This is the first step in making sure you don’t die of embarrassment. And you must do this ASAP. This way, no one will be able to trace them to you when they ask “Whose mother or father is this?”

Activate your burner

What to Do When Your Parents Join a Social Media Challenge

You have only one job when you do this. Troll their ungodly video entry for whatever challenge they’re participating in. When they come running to you, give them the most parent friendly advice ever: “Mummy, daddy, delete the video.”

Tell them to “stood down”

Your parent’s willingness to join a social media challenge might be their undoing.  Just tell them that this punishment that showed you shege as a kid is the new way to keep fit and exercise. They’ll hit the ground quicker than they can press “post” on Instagram. Take this as your way of disciplining them. But please, temper justice with mercy.

Report them to their Olubawi

What to Do When Your Parents Join a Social Media Challenge

Especially if it’s a social media challenge with extreme sexual undertones. You’ll have to call big daddy, big mummy, Iya agba, Baba agba or whoever they hold in high regard to keep their relatives in check. 

Or just call a family meeting

When everyone has gathered, play the embarrassing video on the big screen. Your parents will see for themselves why it’s not a good idea to document their peak foolery for the internet to see.

Clean up their socials

How will they see a challenge to participate in it if you’ve curated their page to only show Godly content? Block every known celebrity and gossip pages on their social media, including the ones they haven’t followed yet. This way, you can rest assured knowing they only see things that please God. Repeat this clean up monthly. 

Have a heart to heart conversation

What to Do When Your Parents Join a Social Media Challenge

How the roles have changed, right? Anyway, use the opportunity to educate them about the dangers of oversharing on social media. Tell them sharing embarrassing content like that is like setting a table in front of their enemies.

Join them

If you notice the challenge is just a way for them to do something fun and stay happy, join them. Good thing is, you get to control what they put out and suggest social media challenges that glorify the name of the Lord.

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