This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 10/7/2016


It’s 2016, the easiest time in history to make something go viral. Even clowns. They’re all over social media and have been spotted (or at least reported) in 28 states. We’ve been among the many people asking, “Why now? Why so many?” Vice has an explainer.

5 Questions You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask About America’s Clown Hysteria


Singer Demi Lovato, who has suffered through an eating disorder, took issue with an image of her posted on Instagram. She sounds like she’s doing fine.

People Are Calling Out This Edited Picture Of Demi Lovato For Body-Shaming Her


Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 11.27.22 AMWhen you’re browsing the web or using an app, do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you. Well, someone is, and that someone is software running behind the scenes. Here’s how it works.

How web apps can watch your every move


Yahoo has its eye on Reddit’s millions of users. In an effort that we are confident will be unsuccessful, they have launched Newsroom to tackle the same news and conversation space.

Yahoo’s new Newsroom social app is ‘Reddit for the masses,’ exec says

Facebook this week launched person-to-person commerce functionality called Marketplace to take on Craigslist. And maybe Amazon. They tend to aim high.

Facebook launches Marketplace to let you buy and sell items with nearby users


4chan is in financial trouble. The site has a lot of bad actors, and lots of people will be happy to see it go if it does. Unfortunately the bad actors will go somewhere else.

4chan Is On Death’s Door & That’s A Win For Feminism


An Alabama teen suffered a broken skull after being attacked at a high school football game. A social media post related to Black Lives Matter is being reported as the cause of the attackers’ anger. It’s a dangerous time that we live in.

Teen allegedly beaten up over Black Lives Matter post


Does your teen Google her symptoms to try to self-diagnose? In addition to whatever ailment she’s searching, she may be suffering from cyberchondria.

5 Ways to Tell if You Have Cyberchondria


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