This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 8/5/2016


Instagram has a problem with teens. They just aren’t posting that many photos, and when they do they’re a good chance they’ll delete them. Where are they posting pics that are less than perfect? Snapchat. Instagram thinks they have an answer – copying Snapchat Stories.

Instagram Takes a Page From Snapchat, and Takes Aim at It, Too


Good news for parents – a California court has ruled that Facebook must provide refunds for purchases their kids made in apps and games if they or their parents request it. Will this lead to more bad behavior?

Facebook ordered to refund parents for accidental in-app purchases


Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 11.27.22 AMThe Pokémon Go craze is still going strong. In less than one month, the app has been installed over 100 million times, and creator Niantic is generating $10 million in revenue per day.

Pokémon Go passed 100 million installs over the weekend


A Japanese gymnast landed in Rio and promptly racked up a $5,000 cell phone bill playing Pokémon Go. Oops. Sounds like his phone company is giving him a break.

An Olympian says he racked up a $5,000 phone bill trying to play ‘Pokémon GO’ in Brazil


Think your kid is obsessed with Pokémon Go? This PR exec wrote a 5,000 word essay on what is wrong with the game.

The State of Pokémon Go: What The Hell, Man


Texting and driving is bad. I’m sure you’ve told that to your teens more than once. Playing Pokémon Go while driving might be worse. In Japan, police have ticketed over 700 drivers for doing just that.

Japanese cops are handing out hundreds of traffic tickets to ‘Pokémon Go’ players


Speaking of distracted driving, the reason we do it may be that we are addicted to our phones.

Driving While Distracted: Why can’t we ignore the pings?


In the wake of the Dallas police shooting, the University of Houston’s Vice President of the Student Government Association took to Facebook and made an emotional post which included the phrase “Forget #BlackLivesMatter, More like AllLivesMatter.” Bad move.

Student body vice president writes a ‘forget Black Lives Matter’ post, and a university erupts


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