This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 12/16/2016

We’ll be on break for the holidays. See you in the New Year.

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Facebook has announced that they have a new Parent’s Portal, a resource for parents to help deal with issues including their kids being cyberbullied.

Social media giant Facebook launches ‘Parent’s Portal’

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In other news, Facebook has been running an initiative to enlist college students to help combat extremism on the site. No word yet on whether it’s working.

Facebook is tapping college students to fight trolls and extremists

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New research reveals that 1 in 25 Americans have been either threatened with the prospect of having intimate images of them posted online, or had it happen. Unfortunately, these numbers will probably be moving higher. Meet the lawyer who is making a career out of fighting for revenge porn victims.

This badass lawyer fights for victims of revenge porn

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Nudity is not permitted at all on Instagram, so of course an enterprising young woman developed an app to help women get around the rules. It’s called Nood and it’s a nope. Rejected by the app stores.

Female nudity app rejected in App Store and the Google Play Store

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“I will never get Twitter. I’m not very good on phone or technology. I cannot really keep up with emails so the idea of Twitter is so unthinkable to me. I don’t really understand what it is. It’s like this weird enigma that people talk about.”
Megastar Jennifer Lawrence talking about Twitter

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Snapchat – already the most addictive app for many teens – now offers group messaging. Now your teen may never get off her phone.

Snapchat Groups are finally here

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Speaking of Snapchat, when you have the app open and a song comes on that really gets you going, you can now Shazam it without leaving the app.

You can now Shazam a song from within Snapchat

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The year in 2016 Google search highlights a number of untimely deaths and a big surprise – Pokémon GO was more popular than Donald Trump. Snorlax in 2020?

Google’s Year in Search makes 2016 seem even more heartbreaking

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Kind of related – we reviewed the Houseparty group video messaging app.

IS THE HOUSEPARTY APP SAFE FOR TEENS?

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Yahoo is the worst custodian of user personal information in the history of the internet. Be right back – I need to go change my password again.

Yahoo discloses hack of 1 billion accounts

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