This Week in Social Media News For Parents

prince logoStories for the week ending 4/22/2016



Colorado recently introduced a bill reducing the penalty for consensual teen sexting – the thought being that punishing teen sexters in the same way one would child pornographers is unfair. With that we agree. The bill stalled out in committee, largely because some House members thought it was still too harsh. Now a sexting ring at three Colorado schools could result in a group of teens facing felony sex offender charges.

Why Colorado may require eighth-graders who were caught sexting to register as sex offenders


Facebook logoFacebook wants to deliver simplicity to your life using bots and Messenger. It isn’t working yet. It might never work.

Facebook’s grand plan to simplify your life is off to a rough start


“It’s like the earth, the world, and you’re the creator of it,” – 11-year old Jordan, Minecraft aficionado, in NY Times Magazine’s excellent profile of the game.

The Minecraft Generation


Apple logoGood news for consumers: iPhones are difficult to hack into. Bad new for the FBI: iPhones are difficult to hack into. According to reports, the FBI paid $1.3 million to hack into the San Bernardino terrorist’s phone.

The FBI Wants Backdoors Because Hacking Is Hard


Android logoGoogle is fighting against Android malware on phones running its operating system. It looks like they are winning.

Android Phones Are Much Safer Than They Used To Be, Google Says



ESPN has fired analyst Curt Schilling for a Facebook post that was crude and critical of the transgender support movement. There are some things you shouldn’t be putting out there publicly.

ESPN — at long last — has fired Curt Schilling, and we’re all better for it


Twitter birdIn most circles, Snapchat and Instagram are the top social apps among teens. According to one social media pro and commenter, in some schools, Twitter has been making a huge comeback.

Don’t Look Now, But Twitter Has Momentum With The Youth


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