This Week in Social Media For Parents

Stories for the week ending 11/13/2015

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Protests and racial tension disrupted life at the University of Missouri this week. The protests havetalk-to-your-teenended with the resignation of the school President and Chancellor; the racial tension not so much. In what has become all too common, in the aftermath two students were arrested for making anonymous racial threats on Yik Yak.

Two arrested for making threats to University of Missouri students on Yik Yak

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Apple and Google both removed a malicious Instagram third party app, InstaAgent, from their app stores after it was revealed that the app was being used to steal usernames and passwords. Be careful which apps your teens are downloading.

Instagram app may have stolen over 500,000 usernames and passwords

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Six Ohio teens aged 13 – 15 have been implicated in a sexting scandal that is likely to result in serious charges. One teen’s phone was hacked and photos were disseminated via an anonymous Instagram account.

Teen sexting scandal at local high school should be wake-up call for all parents, children

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Following Snapchat’s lead, Facebook is testing a feature that will allow users to send disappearing messages via the Messenger app. No word yet on whether the pictures and messages will actually disappear. Probably not.

Facebook Messenger Is Experimenting With Disappearing Messages

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Study: Facebook makes users sad. Our take – watching TV or YouTube videos and interacting with no one might also make you sad.

Facebook Makes People Unhappy, Study Says

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