This parent had a bring-your-child-to-work-day experience go horribly wrong…
After an iPhone X engineer brought his daughter Brooke Amelia Peterson to the Apple campus, the visit led to his reported dismissal after Peterson released a YouTube video of her visit that went viral with Apple fans. In the video, she films hands-on footage of her father’s iPhone X, a smartphone that had yet to be publicly released. Although the original video was less than two minutes long, it showed closeups of the iPhone X home screen, lock screen, notes app, and shortcuts order, leading 9 to 5 Mac to call the video “our best look yet at the device in action.”
In Peterson’s tearful mea culpa video, she said that Apple asked for the video to be taken down, and that she didn’t know that her video was a violation. Peterson said that she intended her “little innocent video” that was uploaded on the internet for all to see to be “a fun memory of me and my family.”
“At the end of the day, when you work for Apple, it doesn’t matter how good a person you are if you break a rule,” she said. Although Peterson said that she doesn’t think her father deserved to be fired for this rule being broken, she said that her father took “full responsibility.”
Was Apple a heartless company for punishing a family for the mistake of a child or a responsible corporation following its no-filming policy? It depends on who you think should hold final responsibility to the leaked information. Reactions to the reported firing were split on whether you saw the story as one of a misguided child getting their parent fired, or a story of an irresponsible employee putting their curious child in this precarious position in the first place.
On the other hand this is also incredibly, almost unbelievably stupid of the guy to allow his YouTuber kid to do
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) October 29, 2017
Children’s social media doesn’t excuse parent’s NDA violations
Peterson is hardly the first child to get his or her parents fired.
One Microsoft employee was reportedly fired after his stepson posted pictures of an Xbox 360 before its public release to internet forums.
One child even cost her father $80,000 of settlement money for an age discrimination lawsuit when she boasted about it on Facebook. “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT,” the daughter of Principal Patrick Snay posted after her father won the suit in 2014. A judge later ruled that the daughter’s post violated the settlement’s confidentiality and reversed the Circuit Court ruling, which awarded the school official money.
Make sure kids are careful
When your parent works for a strict, private company, any of your private moments posted on a social media platform will be dissected for hints of your important parents’ knowledge — even though the child is not working for this company and did not ask to be put in this spotlight.
It’s a responsibility that parents place on their children, and they must be discreet about when they work on sensitive projects.
As Peterson herself put it, “My advice to people out there is to just not overlook rules when you’re in the workplace.” That includes your parents’ confidentiality agreements guarding who can know what when.