This French dad wanted his kids off social media so badly that he accidentally turned off his town's internet and now he's facing jail time
· Feb 17, 2022 ·

We all want our kids to spend a little less time on the screen. Some of us want it really, really, really badly:

A French dad desperate to block his kids from spending too much time on social media went off the rails when he unintentionally cut out the entire town of Messanges' internet service, France Bleu Gascogne reported.

The unnamed papa faces up to six months in prison and a hefty fine for disconnecting the town's internet access with a scrambler, which is illegal under French law.

The patriarch purchased the jammer to block connection to the web in his home between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. when his children would be addictively scrolling social media, authorities said. Unbeknownst to him, though, the device blocked not only the access to the internet for his house but for the entire beach town of Messanges, in southwestern France.

Seems like a bit much, doesn't it?

Like, bro, I get it: You want the kids off the Facebook. No problem there. Did you ever just think of, I dunno, unplugging the computer?

Or at least yanking out the phone line?

Or, I dunno, just throwing their phones away? Perfectly doable.

Anything's better than jamming your entire town's internet service and getting the feds involved!

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