Lisa Curry Kenny’s son, Jett Kenny, has sparked online debate after he posted a photo suggesting a parent smack their misbehaving child.

Jett shared the image on Instagram stories while waiting at the doctor’s with the caption ‘give your kid a goddamn smack’.

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The discussion was then sparked on Sunrise Facebook page with many people saying good on Jett for speaking his mind.

However the sunrise hosts argued that parents have a tough enough time as it is without strangers giving them critical advice.

Jett even added his own comment on the Sunrise Facebook post sharing,

“Morning y’all, just a few things.

– I was at the doctors getting a referral for an MRI on my knee if anyone wanted to know the finer details of my life. Not at the airport.
– As I child if I did something naughty (yes I do know how to spell that difficult word, someone give me a sticker) I got a smack, which then associated punishment if I was naughty.
– “Nawty” was a way to lighten up the situation, if you say it like Herbert from family guy but without the creepiness behind it you’ll understand.
– I never said a word to the lady, but she did deal with the child as best as she could without smacking.
– my fear was with the pencils, we all know what happens to the lead when you drop a pencil. Those poor kids who have to try sharpen them afterwards.

He added, “Surely there are bigger things to focus on than a poor excuse for a “model”s instagram. But I hope everyone has a lovely day.”

Comments include:

“Good on Jett! We were smacked as kids and we grew up to be respectful and well adjusted adults. Didn’t do us any harm.”

“Good on you mate. Look at what’s happening kids aren’t being punished for their actions anymore. And you have kids hanging other kids (my heart goes out to that poor little girl ) and kids running around on the streets doing what they please. Bring it back. Regardless of what anyone says. It’s becoming a nightmare.”

” Everyone has an opinion in regards to smacking, some children need a tap when all else fails, THERE is a difference between a smack and a flogging Parents must have the common sense of which is best for there child.”

“If a child is taught right from wrong when they are small there would be no need to smack. My kids got a tap on the hand if they did wrong and told in a firm voice from a very young age so when they were older they knew the rules. A smack does not hurt a child if done correctly.”

“Yeah good on him for speaking his mind! Nothing wrong with a smack here or there.
That’s the problem these days no discipline creating a generation of kids that just run wild and don’t have respect morals or anything!”

“I agree discipline is needed. However as a parent with young kids it’s impossible these days due to social media and the PC people. Don’t discipline and you get funny looks and told off, give your kid a two on the hand because they ran away into a car park and you have people threatening to call the cops on you, it’s a no win situation.”

Jett has since shared another post on Insta stories pointing out that he was waiting at the doctor’s not the airport and he didn’t actually say anything to the parent he was just observing the behaviour and concerned for the pencils.

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How would you feel if a stranger snapped a photo of your child and captioned it “give your child a smack”?

Share your comments below

  • He needs permission to take photos of someone’s child and post them.


  • He shouldn’t be taking photos of people’s kids (even though he didn’t catch the kid’s face, just the behaviour) but I totally agree with the premise — I was at the supermarket at Christmas time one year and these two kids were playing football with the display presents (just boxes they had wrapped for decoration), I wondered to the lady next to me why their parent didn’t do anything about it? Turns out SHE was the parent and she tried to justify her kids’ behaviour by saying they were only empty boxes, I pointed out that it was disrespectful to the staff that had gone to the trouble of making the decorations because every time they kicked one they were doing damage to it, not to mention the other customers trying to quietly wait for their turn at the checkout. And even if they were empty boxes they weren’t THEIR empty boxes to kick around, that they were clearly being used for a specific reason. To her credit, she stopped the kids immediately and they even came to me and apologised but if I hadn’t said anything she would have just let them go! Yes, I’m THAT person who calls out bad behaviour. With my own children especially! They way I see it, if what my child is doing impacts the experience of others then they’ll be spoken to and that behaviour will be addressed! To me, it’s about being mindful and respectful of people around you.


  • I don’t agree with the comments so far. If my child was misbehaving and I was taking no notice [perhaps because of looking at my phone] then it is my fault – not the person who is bringing to my attention. And quite honestly maybe I should give my child a talking to or a smack or whatever to make sure he/she is behaving properly.


  • Regardless of the reason it is very important to ask permission to ask for permission to include somebody else in a photo – of yourself, your child, pet or other item.


  • I don’t think I would like it when he photographed my child and advised to smack him/her.
    We sure can observe other parents and have our thoughts, but we don’t have to speak our thoughts most of the time (unless there’s a abusive or dangerous situation).


  • I’d be livid if someone took a photo of my child without our consent regardless of what the caption said. Aside from that, yeah if my kids are misbehaving and all else fails, they’ll get a smack. It doesn’t happen often and when it does the communication is clear “stop that and don’t do it again”. I can empathize with this mum too, at the doctor’s you wait until you’re called so it’s not like she could’ve taken him to play outside for a bit and kids get stir crazy when they’re stuck anywhere for too long. We’ve all been kids and been disciplined but these days you’ll cop looks if you smack and you’ll cop them when you don’t smack – it’s a lose-lose situation for parents feeling judged.


  • I don’t think anyone should be posting photos of other peoples kids online and I also don’t think people should be so worried about how other people discipline their children.


  • So not his place to take a photo of someone elses kid. But good to know he ready with all the excuses as to why its ok for him.


  • I would hate if I was the parent, but my kids always got told off if they misbehaved in public


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