This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 12/18/2015


A proposed EU law would effectively ban teens under 16 from social media. The law would ban websites and networks from collecting personal data from kids under 16, not 13 as in the case of the current law. This is a bad idea; kids will ignore it and the networks won’t be able to enforce it. We shall see.

European teens under 16 need to have parental consent for using social media under EU law


We don’t have all the data, but odd are that if you think that 16 – 18 year old boys are behind most school gun and bomb threats posted online, you’re not alone. A 13-year old Colorado girl got into the act this week, posting a Facebook threat to take a gun to her middle school.

Palisade girl, 13, arrested after posting threat to social media


WhatsApp_logo93% of Brazil’s internet users are on the popular messaging app WhatsApp, but they weren’t for a few hours on Thursday. Brazilian courts ordered that the app, which is owned by Facebook, be shut down for 48 hours after failing to cooperate in a criminal investigation. Is WhatsApp too big to fail? In Brazil, it may be. As users took to Twitter to protest, a judge ordered the ban be lifted just hours later.

Brazil judge lifts WhatsApp suspension


Yeti Campus Stories, an app similar to Snapchat is becoming popular on college campuses. It has a reputation for being home to some pretty racy content, but this month a user might have posted an actual sexual assault.

Video of possible rape brings attention to app where college students share their sexual exploits


If you aren’t a fan of anonymous social apps now, you probably won’t be in the future either. As was inevitable, the ads are coming.

The next opportunity for app developers: turning anonymous data into ad sales


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