The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services have launched a probe into the parenting skills of Hollywood power-couple Will Smith and his wife Jada after a photo of the their 13-year-old daughter in bed with a 20-year-old man went viral over social media. Child and family services is responding following an anonymous tip regarding the welfare and apparent safety of Willow Smith.
According to reports the probe was opened by officials last week and while Will Smith and his wife Jada are allegedly not pleased that their parenting skills are now under a microscope, the couple have been cooperating with investigators. Officials are said to be taking this matter very seriously and intend on keeping the case open for an extended period of time until authorities are satisfied that 13-year-old Willow is not in any danger. Officials intend on questioning Willow Smith as well as Moises Arias, the 20-year-old man pictured in bed with her.
This is not the first time the parenting skills of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have raised eyebrows. The couple’s style of parenting first came into question back in 2012 when it was reported that both Will and Jada had no issue with Willow who at age 12 chose to shave her head. In another display of what is being called “Permissive Parenting,” at age 15, Willow’s big-brother Jaden took to twitter to encourage his 4.5 million followers that dropping out of school was a good thing and that school makes people less intelligent. Both Jaden and Willow are apparently home schooled according to reports.
Will Smith and his wife have commented several times in the past that they do not raise their children like most parents do. While the majority of parents order their children to do chores like cleaning their room, the Smith’s believe in a different, unconventional approach to rearing their kids. Their approach to is to let their children self-govern themselves while Will and Jada stand-by to lend guidance where needed and do not punish their children.
Addressing the media’s insatiable attention to the photo of Willow in bed with Arias, Jada made a heated statement when confronted by the paparazzi. Jada Pinkett-Smith exclaimed and protested that the photo was not sexual. She turned the tables on the press by saying they were acting like covert pedophiles.
As the offspring of rich and famous parents, Jaden and Willow Smith have grown up in the public eye and have taken on show biz projects of their own. At the tender young age of eight, Jaden made his movie debut opposite his father in the film The Pursuit of Happyness and After Earth. Jaden would star in the blockbuster remake of the classic film The Karate Kid produced by his Dad Will Smith. Willow has had her own shine in the spotlight in the world of music with a 2011 hit single Whip My Hair.
As authorities look into the welfare of the children of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, reports say Willow has not been removed from the family home while the Smith’s parenting skills are called into question and thoroughly examined.
By Hal Banfield