This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 4/29/2016

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Twitter birdThe NFL draft was last night, and one pro football prospect might have cost himself $12 million. Either that, or his Twitter account really was hacked. Truth be told, he does have a checkered social media history.

Laremy Tunsil tweets video of him smoking weed

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Yik Yak logoViral Yik Yak posts are rare, but this one about a girl remembering a sweet tale of birthday party revenge is out of this world. Or fake (warning: strong language).

Girl goes viral with Yik Yak story of getting sweet birthday party sleepover revenge

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Star athletes don’t generally have problems finding dates. It turns out that social media makes it easier than ever. “Twitter and Instagram are basically dating apps now. Every athlete uses them to hook up, and if they say they haven’t, they’re lying.”

When athletes are left to their own digital-dating devices

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snapchat-logoMinnesota police had no problem rounding up the suspects after a golf club was broken into this week. About $300 worth of liquor was stolen, and within an hour of it being reported, police received at tip that the suspects had posted their haul on Snapchat. Two teens have been charged with various crimes.

Snapchat leads Appleton police to teen burglars

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Facebook logoA woman in Montoursville, PA with a history of “racist, xenophobic and/or homophobic posts” on Facebook was elected to the school board on April 12. At the very next board meeting, a student showed up to protest.

Woman should not be on school board due to Facebook posts, Montoursville student says

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There is trouble in emoji land.

Inside “Emojigeddon”: The Fight Over The Future Of The Unicode Consortium

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Family of Delaware girl killed in a school fight is outraged over fake social media accounts trying to profit from their loss, or hobble the investigation.

Family of girl killed in Delaware school: Stop social media lies

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