This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 3/4/2016

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iOS emojisEmojis are becoming mainstream among kids and millennials (and my wife). If you’re going to post a school threat on Instagram, doing it using emojis is not going to keep you out of hot water. A Virginia girl is facing criminal charges after doing just that.

A 12-year-old girl is facing criminal charges for using emojis, and she’s not the only one

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A study conducted by Rutgers University and Penn State came to a conclusion that is not at all surprising – kids that grow up in rough neighborhoods are more likely to have a difficult experience on social media.

Penn-Rutgers study: ‘Digital hood’ has frightening aspects

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Lots of people don’t like Donald Trump, but there’s a limit to free speech online. An Egyptian student living in Los Angeles is facing deportation after making a Facebook threat that he wanted to kill Trump.

Egyptian trainee pilot at LA flight school, 23, faces deportation after writing Facebook post saying he was willing to kill Donald Trump
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If you’re planning a house party, be sure no one posts the date, time and address on Facebook.

Hundreds of teen revellers smash cars and beat up man after crashing Facebook house party

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Twitter is an important recruiting tool in college sports. It can also cost you a scholarship if you run afoul of the NCAA, your coaches or common decency. 3 college basketball players have been suspended after posting 2 sex videos to Twitter.
Minnesota Suspends Three Players After One Tweets Sex Tapes

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How much do you trust Google? Granted, they have been very trustworthy so far when it comes to privacy, but it might be a wake up call to see your complete search history and a map of places you’ve been. Here’s how to see for yourself, or turn those functions off.

How to turn off your search and location history in Google

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