This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 1/15/2016

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MTV doesn’t play music videos any more. They do publish lists, though, including this list of what’s out and what’s in when it comes to internet slang for 2016. It’s lit.

Say Goodbye To ‘On Fleek,’ ‘Basic’ And ‘Squad’ In 2016 And Learn These 10 Words Instead

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white-house-snapchatCanadian social media educator/commenter Jesse Miller got it absolutely right when it comes to Snapchat. Not too long ago, Snapchat was the new sexting app. Now the White House is joining the party. The Snapchat party, not the sexting party.

White House joins Snapchat

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Two 16-year old Colorado girls have been charged with plotting a Columbine-like school shooting at a school there. Police found evidence of their intentions on one of the girl’s Facebook and Tumblr accounts. Details are sparse, but the story is harrowing.

Two teenage girls face trial in Colorado for ‘planning mass school shooting’

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Indian authorities are declaring dangerous areas “selfie-free zones”. More than half of the world’s selfie-related deaths last year (27!) happened in India. Be careful out there.

Selfie-free zones are being introduced in Mumbai

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Two Texas teens were kidnapped and allegedly raped earlier this month by a 49-year old convicted sex offender who used the Skout app to contact and befriend them. The Skout app is pretty obscure – don’t fault yourself if you haven’t heard of it. It’s always a good idea to check which apps are on your teens’ phones.

Abilene mother speaks after daughter’s alleged rape, kidnapping

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Yik Yak threats, even ones made in jest, can land you in hot water. Back in November a Missouri teen made a threat to shoot up a black students at a state school campus. It is clear in retrospect that he didn’t intend to shoot anyone. Too bad – he was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 5 years probation.

White Student Pleads Guilty To Threatening Black People On Yik Yak In Missouri

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Twitter used to ban almost nothing. Now, lots of things, including hate speech, are taboo on Twitter. How we got there, from Ars Technica.

How Twitter quietly banned hate speech last year

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