It takes a lot to shock me but I've just watched *that* viral video of the kid screaming on a plane, and I'm not exaggerating when I say I feel traumatised.
I gave the clip a quick watch before writing this piece, expecting to see an unruly kid being a kid, but the noise is phenomenal and I can see why passengers on that flight are upset at being subjected to eight hours of it.
If you've no idea what I'm on about then here's the Sun's take on it:
CALLS have been made for airlines to bring in child-free flights after a "demonic" kid was filmed running riot on a journey from Germany to New York. After passengers described the eight hours of screaming as the "flight from hell" it sparked a debate into whether there should be flights reserved solely for adults.
The man who uploaded the film to You Tube doesn't have children and has since claimed that he's being cyber-bullied by parents. "I'm just an artist," he said, questioning why parents have been contacting him to express their outrage at his decision to share footage of the unknown child on the internet. He also suggests the video is evidence that children are addicted to technology, since the child apparently being denied access to an iPad whilst he was filming.
Let me just cut to the chase here. I would have had a hard time listening to that kid for eight hours in a confined space such as a plane – but I have an even harder time understanding why anyone would video such a moment and then share it with the world.
This is a child we're talking about. We know nothing about him, his mother nor his personal circumstances. We don't know whether the incident was due to bad behaviour, an addiction to technology or a hidden disability such as autism. The noise in the video sounds more like verbal stimming to me than 'demonic screaming'. What if this was an autistic meltdown due to sensory overload and not a 'tantrum' caused by technology addiction?
To judge the child or his mother's parenting skills on the strength of this one episode without knowing any of the facts is, in my view, out of line. To incite others to judge it too by posting it online isn't art – it's shaming real individuals who have to live with that moment being scrutinised by the world forever after. We all know how excruciating it is to deal with a child's difficult behaviour in a confined space. Imagine having THAT moment shared on YouTube without your consent. It doesn't bear thinking about.
I'm pretty sure the mum was far from enjoying the experience. Did anyone offer to hold her baby while she got the older child soothed and settled or were they too busy filming to help? Why not ask a mother what she needs in this situation rather than film her for entertainment or public consumption? I'd love to know if anyone did anything besides make her feel awful for a situation that was clearly well beyond the bounds of her control.
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