This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 3/25/2016

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As 1/3 of Americans get their election news from social media, Quartz opines that online media may be ruining the democratic process. People’s views are narrowing, as “You read what you want to hear.”

America’s obsession with social media is undermining the democratic process ~

A 17-year old Egyptian high school student has been sentenced to 8 years in jail for a series of Facebook posts in which she criticized the government.

Egyptian student sentenced to 8 years for Facebook posts

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A London man has been charged after tweeting a comment critical of a Muslim woman in the wake of the twitter-muslimBrussels bombing. According to the London police he “has been charged under section 19 of the Public Order Act 1986; publishing or distributing written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, likely or intended to stir up racial hatred.” It was rude, sure, but saying he broke a law seems like a tough call to us.

Londoner who tweeted about asking a Muslim woman to explain Brussels is arrested

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Amid an increase of sexual misconduct between Alabama teachers and students, one lawmaker has proposed that teachers undergo annual training on, among other things, how to communicate with students via social media. It looks like the bill is stalled for now.

Lawmaker won’t push bill requiring teacher training on not having sex with students

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One of the first perpetrators charged under Illinois’ new revenge porn law is a hockey prospect in the Chicago Black Hawks’ farm system. The player, who is looking at up to 3 years in prison, has been suspended indefinitely by the team.

Blackhawks prospect Garret Ross charged in revenge porn case

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A Chipotle employee was fired last year for attempting to organize the workforce. Before being fired, the company required him to delete a tweet that was critical of management of the company in violation of the company’s communications policy. A judge has now ruled that the company’s policies were a violation of employee rights. The rules, at Chipotle and elsewhere, are still being rewritten.

Should you tweet about your employer?

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More bad news: three Washington teens have been charged with tying up and sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl then posting the video to Snapchat. The police have confirmed that they have successfully retrieved the “disappearing” images and video.

Three Washington Teens Accused of Allegedly Raping Girl And Then Posting Attack On Snapchat

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