I am curious, this happened a very long time ago, but was this a RL situation? If so, what happened?
Is this a total coincidence, or did this pairs recent trouble remind you of it?
Let me remind you that this was two years ago, when Sean and Parker would have been
15 and 13.
16 and 14 (I was thinking of this being two years ago, but the date I posted was just a couple of days after Parker's birthday, and I'm pretty sure Sean has a spring birthday).
Yes, this was an actual situation, and I do remember most of the details.
While I didn't want to get Sean in trouble, I also feel the need to support a reasonable request from another parent. Also, while Mr. Strouse was checking on his own son, he told me that Parker may have violated our rules, and I felt the need to follow up on that.
When I first asked Parker, he admitted to doing it. I then asked him if he thought I should restrict him from using the computer for a while, or if he thought a couple of swats with the paddle would be enough to get his attention.
He got panicky then. We argued for a moment, but his 'I wasn't uploading to my
account,' was pretty clearly not going to impress me, and he started trying to change his story. I finally ended up calling Mr. Strouse back. The two of this talked it over and....Actually, let's make this a follow up BOTD.(Note: in the original, I said Sean was grounded from his computer and phone, but he was really banned from computer use and most screen time - it does make a difference in this.)
You have talked to your son, Parker, who's story changed a bit when he realized he was confessing to violating your rules. You call Mr. Strouse, and the two of you agree to get the stories from your own kids, then compare them. Both boys are told about the upcoming comparison, and told that, if the stories don't match, they'll be singing a tune they won't enjoy.
With a few minor variations, the boys' stories match. It turns out that the video had been made before Sean was grounded, and that Parker had just finished editing it today. Parker showed it to Sean (watching it was technically a violation of his restrictions, but probably excusable), but then they decided to upload it, and just say Parker did it. Sean got on the computer and logged into his Youtube account (violation), though Parker did the actually uploading (a violation of his own).
Answering as each respective father, what happens now?