This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 7/1/2016

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“Possessing material depicting a minor engaging or simulating sexual conduct, annoying or molesting a child, sending harmful matter to a minor and nine counts of communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a crime…”. Those charges could be added to the resume of a California teacher who used Facebook over the course of two years to prey on unsuspecting students. Here’s the detail that makes us very happy: Facebook discovered the activity and turned him in to the authorities.

Facebook Uncovered Gilroy Teacher’s Alleged Teen Porn Scam

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Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 11.27.22 AMYouTube is upping its fight against trolls, harassers and cyberbullies. On the face of it, that sounds like a good thing. It is, but they are already having a tough time drawing a line between satire and really bad behavior.

YouTube Updates Cyberbullying Policy

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2016 BET Humanitarian Award recipient Jesse Williams gave a moving speech at the BET Awards this week and singer Justin Timberlake tweeted his approval. That could have been the end of the story, but the Twitter mob rose up and called Timberlake out for his white privilege. Twitter is a dangerous place for celebs.

Twitter checks Justin Timberlake’s privilege after his controversial BET Awards comments

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Also this week, Vanessa Hudgens was trashed on Instagram after posting a selfie in an outfit that is being condemned as cultural appropriation. News flash: the internet continues to be easily offended.

Vanessa Hudgens Is In Hot Water After Posting This Instagram Photo That Pissed A LOT Of People Off

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“Selfie Dad’s” strategy to curb his daughter’s racy Instagram posts is not working.

‘Selfie Dad’ Becomes Famous By Mocking Daughter

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Ever wonder what a college’s reaction would be to a video posted on Twitter of student athlete torturing a raccoon? Watch the news for Bethel College closely, and you’ll find out.

Raccoon video on Bethel student’s social media account causes outrage

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News is out this week that a Los Angeles man, in what was probably a publicity stunt, married his iPhone at a ceremony in Las Vegas. It’s totally unclear what he was publicizing, which is very 2016. Internet fame for internet fame’s sake.

This Man Loved His iPhone So Much, He Literally Married It

 

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