Childrearing

Daycare Workers Take To Instagram To Mock The Children In Their Care

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instagramIconTwo daycare workers were fired after posting pictures of children to Instagram and making fun of them.ย I can’t imagine what would make a person think it was okay to photograph someone else’s child, make a meme out of that photograph and post it to their personal social media account. Especially when the meme is a joke at the child’s expense – and they are being paid to care for that child.

Melissa Jordan saw a photo of her 3-year-old son, Ethan posted online. It had obviously been taken at his daycare, A Heavenly Haven Learning Center in Newport News, Virginia.ย He was sitting in a highchair, looking totally miserable. The daycare worker who took the photo, made a meme out of it that said, “I’m sick of this shit!!!” and posted it to Instagram. Another daycare worker – one of her Instagram followers – left a comment under the photo that said, “He really look like that’s exactly wat he is thinking cuz sure can’t talk. Lmao.” The 3-year-old has some delayed speech development. Yes, that is just hilarious. This is infuriating.

The woman has used a child in her charge as the brunt of a joke on Instagram before. She posted a picture of a child smiling and compared his teeth to thoseย of the character of “Mater” in the movie “Cars” – a character with exaggerated buck teeth. This woman is really a peach.

Both her and her co-worker were fired for violating the daycare’s policy of not allowing cameras into the classrooms. I’m less concerned that they violated a policy and more concerned that they look at a child in their care with speech problems as the brunt of a joke. There is an alarming disconnect and lack of care and compassion here. I would never trust either of these women with my children.

At least these people were too stupid to realize what they put on the Internet is not private – and they no longer have jobs caring for children they obviously care so little about.

(photo: Twitter)

30 Comments

  1. chickadee

    August 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    After reading the linked article, I am relieved to discover that the child is not named Jordan Jordan, but Ethan Jordan.

    Regarding day care facilities, this is just another reminder that the enforcement of standards and regulations is iffy at best–the day care had multiple serious violation that apparently the state didn’t bother following up. It also suggests that we would be better off if day care workers were properly trained, paid, and regulated. But since we have a problem properly funding our schools (Philadelphia and most of Texas) I suspect that’s happening approximately never.

    • Toaster

      August 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      I’m in Canada and daycare can be some seriously scary stuff. I don’t understand why it’s not more regulated (well, I guess funding, but this seems like something where the money needs to be found SOMEWHERE). When I was a kid my mom was thiiiis close to putting my brother in a daycare where it was discovered a few months later the owner was abusing the children. The only reason he didn’t go there was because he got a spot at a larger centre just in time.

    • break_time

      August 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Sadly, here in Canada it seems the federal Conservatives just don`t care enough about standardized universal day care, and if the feds don`t care (read: send money), the provinces don`t either. Paul Martin and the federal Liberals came closest to establishing anything, and I fear it will be a while before any other government even comes close.

  2. whiteroses

    August 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    This happened close to where I live. Sadly, I can’t say I’m surprised- though I would like to bring up an edit. *Newport News* instead of *Newport*.

    • Maria Guido

      August 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • KB

      August 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      whiteroses — Are you a fellow Hampton Roads resident?!

    • whiteroses

      August 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      I am :). Crazy how many of us there are on Mommyish!

  3. keelhaulrose

    August 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I’ve worked at several daycare facilities. I’ve loved every child that came through my care. Each holds a special place in my heart, and I have gotten a few friend requests on facebook from parents, and I delight in seeing the little ones grow up. I will fully admit to crying when a child moved away or had to leave because their parent got laid off and took them out of daycare. I’m not going to lie and say that every kid was an angel, I dealt with my fair share of tantrum-throwers, biters, hitter, toy thieves, and smart mouths. But they are children first, and they deserve to be treated as children who have a need that’s causing the behavior.
    I would never think it was okay to take a picture and post it without their parents consent. We took pictures all the time, it was encouraged, especially with the toddlers I normally worked with, to take pictures and post them at their eye-level around the room to promote self-awareness, or distinguish their crib or cubby. Of course, with young children ‘posing’ for pictures didn’t always happen, and we got some pretty hilarious pictures. We’d print them out for the parents, who would often joke with us about them. After that it was up to them what to do with the pictures. Often they did show up on facebook, but it was their parent’s choice, not ours.

    It’s a job. And if you can’t respect the people you work for (which would be the parents and the kids, not the center. The center would be nothing without the parents)

    • Justme

      August 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      All of this. I worked at a day-care in college and after four long years, I loved those kids like my own. Now those elementary kids are graduating high school and I’m getting grad party invites! Yikes!

    • keelhaulrose

      August 17, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      I watched my first babysitting charge graduate high school. He was in the same class as my sister, but it was still enough to make me feel ancient.
      My daycare charges are still young enough that my eldest are just now getting into middle school, and most are around kindergarten/first grade age. But they still look so grown up!

    • Justme

      August 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      One of my long time baby-sitting/day-care kiddos just asked me for a letter of recommendation for him to receive his Eagle Scout award. He and his family were at my college graduation and my wedding while I attended his first communion. At the time, I thought I was just another baby0sitter and day-care worker but apparently….I made more of an impression than I ever imagined. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • keelhaulrose

      August 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      When I was a paraprofessional I worked with a preschooler with autism, I was his one-on-one aide. As time went by and I started to really bond with him, I offered babysitting services to his parents because I know how hard it is to find a good babysitter if your child is autistic, and I thought it would be easier for everyone involved if someone he had a bond with was available (plus that got me more time with him, he was such a sweet little guy, he always fetched me a chair or led me places by the hand). I moved away a year and a half later, and four months after they sent me a video of him saying “Miss you, *my real name*”. I had to explain to my husband why I was ugly crying, and really wanted to move back.

    • Justme

      August 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Awww…that is so awesome. I don’t know what it is, but I like the tough cases – the kids that no one else wants to deal with. I guess I just like the challenge and the feeling that I’m truly doing something GOOD for someone else.

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    • icspbs

      August 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Seriously?

  4. VA Teacher

    August 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Got all excited because I saw my hometown… le sigh. ๐Ÿ˜›

  5. Rachel

    August 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    What a terrible excuse for a human being; I would spit on this woman if I came within a good radius of her.
    When I taught young children, a little boy (3 years old) had a speech problem that he was really sensitive about. One of the kids apparently made fun of him for it (I had no idea about his stammer, it was in his native language & his English was the same as the other kids’, and the kid made fun of him in his native language), and it took several preschool workers an hour of calming him & boosting his spirit to get him to stop bawling and join the class. If a naรฏve 2 year old can leave a child with a speech impairment feeling that ridiculed, ostracized, and shaken to the core–what is it like when the ADULTS IN CHARGE mock him?

  6. Valeri Jones

    August 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    My 21 month old starts daycare for the first time on Monday. Now I just wanna quit my job and keep him home. ๐Ÿ™

    • DMH

      August 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Same here… Nicholas starts Tuesday. But I kinda can’t quit the military ๐Ÿ™

    • G.E. Phillips

      August 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      This is the exception, not the rule. Most daycare programs are very well run, and have loving, caring teachers like keelhaulrose (commenter above.) My son has been in the same daycare for 3 years, since he was 5 months old. This year, the teachers–with parent’s written consent–posted a private online classroom blog, which is updated weekly and provides parents with a ton of pictures of what the kids do throughout the day. These teachers genuinely adore the children they care for, and it shows. My son has ONLY benefited from being in daycare. I believe that your child will too!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Valeri Jones

      August 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      I hope you are right. They daycare center I am sending him to is small – only about 20 kids in the whole center, and only 3 besides him in his class. It’s also brand-spanking-new, so I’m sure it will grow, but it seems amazing. All the teachers seem amazing. I asked them if I could send a folder in his backpack for them to put any pictures, activity logs, incident reports, etc. in and they loved the idea so much that they adopted it for the whole center.

      I worked in daycare for years as well, and I loved every one of my kids, too. It is definitely an under-valued and underpaid job, for sure!

    • Daisy

      August 18, 2013 at 1:56 am

      I second what G.E. said. I don’t have kids, but I do remember going to daycare myself for a few years before I started kindergarten, and I still have so many good memories of it! I remember the friends I made, the activities we did, the “field trips” to the park, but mostly I remember how sweet the ladies who worked there were! There was one older lady who would always sit me on her lap at the start of each day, and let me tell her lame knock-knock jokes. In retrospect, I think I probably told her the exact same ones eight thousand times, but bless her heart, she always seemed so excited to hear them!

  7. Muggle

    August 18, 2013 at 4:21 am

    This was in Newport News? Wow, that’s pretty close to where I live. Ugh.

    Living in this part of VA is part of why I don’t want kids. There’s wayyyyy too many people like that out here. ๐Ÿ™

    • KB

      August 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Another Hampton Roads resident?! I didn’t know there were so many of us on Mommyish ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Muggle

      August 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      I’m actually juuuuuust outside of what’s typically considered “Hampton Roads” (i.e. I’m not in the 7 cities) but still very close. NN is only about an hour away.

  8. Courtney Lynn

    August 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I worked at an after-school program for elementary age for about 7 years from late teens to early 20s. Sometimes the kids were challenging, but I could never humiliate any child like that and having my own now, I would punch a bitch!

  9. Rachel Sea

    August 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I don’t believe in hell or anything, But if it exists, I like to think there is a special section reserved for adults who make fun of disabled children.

  10. Teetee Corner

    August 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

    The day care center needs to be heavily fined and made to retrain it’s staff on emotional and mental abuse. Child Abuse charges should be brought against the workers involved because you can besy believe they have abused Ethan and the other children mentally, emotionally, and maybe even physically on a constant bases to be that comfortable to do it on the web. Criminal charges should be brought up on them because the violated a privacy and protection right of the child. How dare they post children pictures on a website without authorization.

  11. Victoria B

    August 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

    A hard punch in the crotch to both of them should delay any procreation. What a bunch of sick, immature individuals!

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