This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 9/2/2016

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The kids are back to school, and armed with their phones. Have you talked to them recently about not making school threats, even if they’re joking?

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Back To School and Social Media Threats

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A new study from Oxford University found that for the first time, social media has passed television as the top news source for 18 – 24 year olds. Let’s hope these young adults are getting their news from Reddit and not 4chan.

Study: Social Media Overtakes TV as Main Source of News for 18-24

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Some kids are taking social media posts way too personally. A Texas girl was stabbed on a school bus on the way to school over social media post from the night before.

Girl stabbed on school bus during fight over social media post

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Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 11.27.22 AMFacebook’s suggested friends feature has a way of creeping users out from time to time. In an instance this month, a psychiatrist was shocked to find out that his patients were being served friend suggestions to each other, even when they had never met.

Facebook recommended that this psychiatrist’s patients friend each other

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Facebook’s Trending News section was until recently manned by a group of curators, who some claim were largely ignored. Now they’ve been dismissed entirely and the Trending section is curated by an algorithm alone. It’s still not working all that well.

Facebook replaced human news curators with an algorithm, and it’s already a total mess

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It’s 2016, so of course there’s a Twitter account that exists solely to rate dogs on a scale of 1 – 10. Silly? Sure, but the account has 376,000 followers. This week, the man behind the account was revealed, and he is a college student from North Carolina.

NC college student behind wildly popular ‘WeRateDogs’ Twitter page

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The Texas Tech football coach admitted in an interview this week that he and his staff use fake Twitter accounts to spy on players who have their accounts set to private. Not cool, coach.

Texas Tech Football Coach Admits to Catfishing Players

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