This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 9/9/2016


Facebook’s age limit is 13 years of age, but it doesn’t seem to matter. According to one survey, one quarter of 9 – 10 year olds and one half of 11 – 12 year olds are using it. The numbers for Instagram and Snapchat are probably similar, and these kids are prime targets for cyberbullies and predators. It’s time for some real thought and effort to go into online age verification.

The Kids Who Lie About Their Age to Join Facebook


An iconic image of the Vietnam war was deleted from Facebook (by Facebook) and the poster’s account was banned. The photo, which featured a naked girl running from a napalm attack (you know the one) apparently violates Facebook rule against showing full nudity. Norway’s largest newspaper is calling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg the world’s most powerful editor, and calling for him to end his abuse of power.

Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post


Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 11.27.22 AMNiantic, the makers of smash hit game Pokémon GO, are introducing Pokémon Go Plus, a watch-like device that will allow Pokémon hunters to play the game without having the phone in their hands.

Pokemon Go Plus finally launches next week


Much has been made about how social media can make you sad, or if you’re already down make it worse. A new study out of Carnegie Mellon University reveals that the converse is also true. Facebook can make you as happy as getting married or having a baby. Your results may vary.

Friends help friends on Facebook feel better


Officials at a Massachusetts high school are warning students to be wary of a predator on Snapchat who is soliciting compromising pictures from sophomore boys. The police are struggling with the investigation, as no victims have as yet come forward.

Weston schools warn of Snapchat account soliciting explicit photos


An Uber driver’s car was shot up by a San Diego teen after an argument. What were they arguing about? The teen was bad mouthing the driver on social media, then left his phone unlocked in the car after drop off. Not cool.

Teen Shoots at Uber Driver After Argument Over Social Media Posts


If your teen daughter (a) goes to college in the Atlanta area, (b) has a large Instagram following, (c) is gorgeous, and (d) is interested in modeling, we still don’t recommend this “opportunity”.

craigslist modeling


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