This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 3/18/2016


Good news – the hacker behind the 2014 leak of nude photos stolen from dozens of celebrities has been arrested. Bad news – rather than hacking into computers or phones, he obtained the photos by tricking the victims into giving up their passwords. Be careful out there.

The US government says it has found the man behind the massive iCloud celebrity photos hack


Last week Yik Yak introduced “Handles”, allowing users to select a user name and stop posting anonymously. A NY college student is already the victim of impersonation after another student adopted her name and began posting extremely embarrassing content.



Facebook logoA California teen gang member has been sentenced to 29 years in prison after an attempted murder plot. The perpetrator used a Facebook account and impersonated a teen girl to lure the victim to a park where the attack was to take place.

San Rafael teen gets 29-year prison term for murder attempt through Facebook bait


Speaking of gangs, Singapore police are battling gangs who are using social media to recruit new members.

Gangs using social media to recruit members


Twitter logoResearch finds that Twitter may be better than FEMA and other government agencies at reporting on natural disasters and assessing damage. Yes, there are very good reasons to be on social media.

Twitter May Be Faster Than FEMA Models for Tracking Disaster Damage

Video of a horrible New Jersey fight went viral on social media, and resulted in parent protests at the school board offices. A school safety officer who was on the scene reportedly did nothing to step in a stop the beat down. The officer has been fired. Bystander effect, in effect.

New Brunswick student charged in brutal attack at high school

In what may be the worst story we’ve heard this year, a dad in upstate New York posed as a 16-year old boy on social media in order to start a relationship with his 14-year old daughter. It just got worse from there. The courts will not be kind to this man; nor should they be.

Man poses as 16-year-old boy on social media and extorts nudes from his teen daughter


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