Preventing the next cyber bully

October 20th, 2014

“Parents with children who are beginning to venture online should prepare them in advance for navigating the virtual social world. But here’s the trick: Looking over your kid’s shoulder while they’re online isn’t enough.” But it’s a good starting point. How can you talk to them if you don’t even know the truth about what is happening… That’s why we made PC Pandora monitoring software.

October 19, 2014
Preventing the next cyber bully
From Vindy.com

On Oct. 12, 2012, Amanda Todd, 15, committed suicide after enduring months of cyber bullying.

An 8-minute YouTube video posted by Todd a month before her death detailed the abuse she received, and a plea for help.

The video went viral after her death and has received more than 18 million views.

October is bullying awareness month in the U.S. In Canada, Amanda Todd’s home country, November is anti-bullying month.

Although many communities and media outlets have drawn attention to cyber-bullying issues, little is known about the best ways to prevent it.

One area where the research is clear has to do with why teens don’t seek help for cyber bullying. We now know that most teens won’t tell adults about being bullied online because they fear being cut off from technology. They also fear more intimidation and isolation.

Cyber bullies don’t discriminate based on race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. There’s small difference when it comes to gender. [READ FULL STORY]

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October 17th, 2014

Parents should be using PC Pandora monitoring software to know what their kids are doing on Facebook…

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October 13, 2014
Fake Facebook Page Sparks Cyberbullying Concerns
Posted by Raven Richard, KULR

KENNEWICK, WA- Cyberbullying is a problem amongst children especially with internet being accessible everywhere.

A Kennewick girl saw a Facebook page with her name on it that she did not make. On the page was a picture of her topless that she had on her phone and she believed someone from her school got the picture and posted it.

Police said when something like this or other forms of cyberbullying happen, parents should immediately stop all internet communication and notify school officials or law enforcement. [READ FULL STORY]

Parents May Be Liable for What Their Kids Post on Facebook, Court Rules

October 16th, 2014

This is fantastic on so many levels. Finally, parents might just get the message that it is not okay to allow your child to be a bully. It is your moral duty to know if they are using the computer (or a mobile device) to bully someone else through the internet. Now, it may just be your legal responsibility to know. PC Pandora monitoring software will let you know if your child is using the computer to cyberbully others…

October 15, 2014
Parents face defamation trial over fake Facebook page their kid made
Page included graphic sexual content, was allowed to remain up for a year.
By Joe Mullin, Arstechnica

Two parents whose teenager set up a fake Facebook page to ridicule a classmate will face a defamation trial, a Georgia appeals court ruled yesterday. Even though they didn’t create the page, the parents could be liable because they allowed it to remain up for more than a year, the court said.

In 2011, Alexandria (Alex) Boston, a middle school student in Cobb County, Georgia, shared a homeroom class with Dustin Athearn and Melissa Snodgrass. Athearn and Snodgrass created a fake Facebook page under Boston’s name. They posted pictures of her taken using a “fat face” app and wrote posts that suggested she had racist views and was a lesbian, according to a report published today in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Some of these postings were graphically sexual, racist, or otherwise offensive and some falsely stated that Alex was on a medication regimen for mental health disorders and that she took illegal drugs,” wrote the three-judge appeals panel in their opinion (PDF).

The fake account made more than 70 “friends” when Athearn sent out invites to Boston’s classmates, friends, and family. [READ FULL STORY]

October 15, 2014
Parents May Be Liable for What Their Kids Post on Facebook, Court Rules
By Jacob Gershman, Wall Street Journal

Parents can be held liable for what their kids post on Facebook, a Georgia appellate court ruled in a decision that lawyers said marked a legal precedent on the issue of parental responsibility over their children’s online activity.

The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that the parents of a seventh-grade student may be negligent for failing to get their son to delete a fake Facebook profile that allegedly defamed a female classmate.

The trouble started in 2011 when, with the help of another student, the boy constructed a Facebook profile pretending to be the girl. He used a “Fat Face” app to make her look obese and posted profane and sexually explicit comments on the page depicting her as racist and promiscuous, according to court documents.

When the girl found out about it, she told her parents who then complained to the school’s principal. The school punished the boy with two days of in-school suspension and alerted his parents, who grounded him for a week.

But for the next 11 months, according to the appeals court opinion, the page stayed up. It wasn’t deleted until Facebook deactivated the account at the urging of the girl’s parents, the opinion said. The girl’s lawyer says the child’s parents didn’t immediately confront the boy’s parents because their school refused to identify the culprit for confidentiality reasons. [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #292

October 15th, 2014

Here are a few more reasons every parent should be using PC Pandora monitoring software to know who their child is talking to online…

October 09, 2014
Ex-husband of Brooklyn school board president sentenced to 18 years in prison for using phony Facebook profile to lure student for sex
By Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A county judge today sentenced the ex-husband of Brooklyn’s school board president to 18 years in prison after he admitted to using a phony Facebook identity to lure a 16-year-old student to his home and then pressured her to have sex.

Chris O’Banion, 42, pleaded guilty last month to charges including sexual battery, pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, menacing by stalking and possessing criminal tools.

The child pornography charges were based on nude photos he asked the student to send him.

Brooklyn School Board President Jennifer O’Banion filed for divorce from her husband of almost 14 year after he was charged. The divorce was recently finalized, according to court records. She was re-elected by her peers as board president in January. [READ FULL STORY]

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October 10, 2014
Mom has social media warning after daughter lured by Kik user
By Steve Jefferson, WTHR

INDIANAPOLIS – The mother of a 10-year-old girl is warning other parents about the dangers of some social media websites.

Her warning comes after learning a man came real close to luring her daughter away from home after convincing her to send him photos.

“You just don’t do that to innocent kids,” said the mother, Lee.

Lee did not want her face shown on television, but after finding her daughter’s secret Kik account with disturbing messages, she wants to warn every parent to get downright nosy about their child’s social media accounts.

“Don’t just let your kids go in their room because they have had a stressful day. Interact with them,” she said.

Because of their close relationship, Lee and her daughter are talking about what online predators do. A man using Kik directed the girl to adult websites and then asked for nude photos. [READ FULL STORY]

October 10, 2014
Nevada Proud: Washoe County unit fighting internet crimes against children
By Ashley Cullins, KRNV

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) — Two million. That is how many pieces of child pornography the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crime Unit has in its database.

Technology and budget concerns are making their jobs harder, but no matter what, they will not stop fighting internet predators. “Every day we’re getting more and more cases,” Sergeant Dennis Carry said.

Carry is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. He said they see everything from bullying and extortion to enticing and pornography. “We’re talking about child pornography that is shared from one offender to another that often involves infants and toddlers and children from all ranges being sexually abused, sexually assaulted.” [READ FULL STORY]

October 13, 2014
Preble student among 24 arrested in online sex sting
Nathan Phelps and Paul Srubas, Green Bay Press-Gazette

The 18-year-old captain of the Preble High School football team was among those arrested as part of a large-scale crackdown on online sex predators.

Cameron Batty, who lives in Bellevue, is charged with child enticement and use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, both felonies. If convicted, he could serve up to 65 years in prison, but the computer sex crime charge also carries a minimum term of five years in prison.

He was among the 24 people arrested as part of a law enforcement operation called Aegis that ran Thursday through Saturday across central and Northeastern Wisconsin.

The criminal complaint says Batty made arrangements online to meet an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl. The officer reportedly claimed at least twice to be 15 and eventually sent him a picture of a 15-year-old girl, which was really an old picture of a Brown County Sheriff’s Department crime analyst, the complaint says. [READ FULL STORY]

October 14, 2014
Police: Boy Scout volunteer sought 15-year-old girl
From the Wausau Daily Herald

WAUSAU – A former Wausau-area Boy Scout volunteer who was caught in a regional child sex sting over the weekend sought to meet with a 15-year-old girl, according to court documents.

David Cantrell, 39, of Rothschild responded to an ad in the “casual encounters” section of Craigslist.com that had been posted by undercover police, according to court documents.

He said in an email conversation with an undercover agent that he was old enough to be the purported 15-year-old’s dad and that the two could go to a secluded park, according to court documents. Law enforcement found condoms he had just bought when they arrested him, according to court documents.

He told police he did not believe the picture the 15-year-old sent him was of her so he went to the meeting to see what she really looked like. He said he would not have let her in his car and had no intention of carrying out sex acts described in the email exchange, according to court documents. [READ FULL STORY]

Authorities warning parents to protect kids from online predators

October 14th, 2014

It’s great to see talks like this still happening around the country. Every parent can help keep their kids safe from internet predators by going to a discussion/seminar like this and by using PC Pandora monitoring software.

October 9, 2014
Authorities warning parents to protect kids from online predators
By Jeff Humphrey, KXLY4

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane County Sheriff’s sex crimes detectives say there a couple of new websites like Kick and Omegle that have become hunting grounds for pedophiles looking to make secret connections with children.

If a man in his mid-20s showed up at your front door asking for your 8th grade daughter you’d help him off your property, not to mention call 911, so why do we give our children smartphones that can give that same person face to face access to our kids without us even knowing about it? Detectives say without a lot of restrictions teens and cell phones are inviting trouble.

One of those detectives is Chuck Haley, who trolls the internet posing as an underage girl looking to catch predators.

Haley’s careful not to type anything suggestive, but invariably the conversation takes an illicit turn.

“I can tell ya, most of the time, I can usually see a penis within 30 seconds,” he said. [READ FULL STORY]

GOP candidate: Kids’ smartphones ‘are the devil’

October 13th, 2014

There is not much that the author of this blog agrees with when it comes to the GOP, but this is certainly has some truth to it. When your kids are using the computer, you can use PC Pandora monitoring software to keep them safe online…

October 15, 2014
GOP candidate: Kids’ smartphones ‘are the devil’
By Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press

CONWAY, ARK. — The Republican candidate for attorney general said Wednesday she would use the office to keep children safe online, telling voters that smartphones in the hands of young people “are the devil.”

When asked during the debate at the Arkansas Educational Television Network what her priorities would be on Day One, GOP candidate Leslie Rutledge said she would fight crimes in cyberspace — particularly those aimed at children — by helping family members who care for the young.

“I believe that these smartphones that children have these days are the devil, as far as I’m concerned,” Rutledge said. “I have a 13-year-old niece, and parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles must be educated to know how to protect their children.”

Democratic candidate Nate Steel said he understood Rutledge’s concerns, citing a study that addressed online predators using social media to reach youth.

“My opponent and I probably agree on this — the attorney general’s office should be doing all it can to make sure children are safe from online predators,” Steel told reporters after the debate. “The idea is not to target the youths but target online predators that use online technology in illegal ways.” [READ FULL STORY]

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October 10th, 2014

Parents should be using PC Pandora monitoring software to know what their kids are doing on Facebook…

October 3, 2014
Mom turns to Facebook humiliation for class-skipping daughter
A Wyoming mom decides the only way she can keep her daughter in line is to follow her around school with a phone, film her and post it to Facebook.
By Chris Matyszczyk, KTWO

Religions and governments have always understood the power of shaming.

This has inevitably led to parents utilizing this tool as well. In today’s world, the perfect shaming inevitably occurs on a high-traffic social network.

Jeannie Crutchfield of Casper, Wyo., was beside herself when it came to her daughter Rickilee Durant. The 14-year-old was skipping classes. What’s a mom to do? Tearing her hair out was one option. Humiliating Rickilee on Facebook was another.

Crutchfield chose the latter. As ABC News reports, she turned up at school, filmed her daughter, and posted the resultant three-minute footage to Facebook.

When her daughter suggested that she hadn’t been cutting class, her mom retorts that Rickilee has been skipping every day. [READ FULL STORY]

October 4 2014
Fired on Facebook: What you say CAN hurt you
Confusion reigns for both employers and employees
By B.A. Morelli, The Gazette

Clocked in or not, what you say on Facebook or other social media could mean your job.

It did for Ebony Weatherspoon, who was involved in one of several cases over unemployment benefits in which social media was a factor.

Weatherspoon worked as an Internet sales coordinator at Dahl Motors in Davenport. After a Thursday of frustrating systems outages, she was not quite two hours into her shift on Friday morning when she decided to vent. As many do, she turned to Facebook.

“Only 7 ½ more hours of ignorance. TGIF,” she posted from her personal cellphone at about 10:32 a.m., while on an informal break, according to Administrative Law Judge Lynette A.F. Donner’s ruling.

A co-worker spotted the comment, reported it to the boss and Weatherspoon was fired in March for “making a negative post on her personal Facebook page during work hours,” according to Donner’s ruling. [READ FULL STORY]

October 7, 2014
Wanted Woman Arrested After Demanding Police Remove Unflattering Facebook Photo
David Lohr, Huffington Post

Ohio Police say a woman was so upset by the unflattering photo detectives posted to Facebook that she called them and demanded that it be removed, leading to her arrest.

“This is a first for us,” Denise Alex-Bouzounis, public information officer with theColumbus Police Department, told The Huffington Post. “She really didn’t want her face out there for everyone to see.”

According to Alex-Bouzounis, she posted 34-year-old Monica Hargrove’s mug shot tothe department’s Facebook page on Sept. 10, as part of a weekly roundup called “Warrant Wednesday.”

“It included her mug shot, her name and information about the crime,” said Alex-Bouzounis. [READ FULL STORY]

October 8, 2014
Del City Man Arrested For Making Threats On Facebook Against News Website
BY NEWS9.COM

OKLAHOMA CITY -Oklahoma City police arrested a man who is accused of making threats on his Facebook page against a local news website.

According to police, on Thursday, October 2, a person using the Facebook account under the name “Jesse Tedford” made a post on his timeline in reference to a local newspaper and its website. The author claimed that the website censored his posts. He then stated that he wanted to “place some C-4s around their building.”

The Facebook post also reads, in part, “Oh, I should get a lot of …uhh.. what it’s called? Blackcats? Get a bunch of big roll. Lay it all around the building at night all connected. Then an hour after people go in to work, light it all up. Revenge! Imagine the horror on their faces! LOL![READ FULL STORY]

October 9, 2014
Forrest Lucas apologizes in ad for wife’s Facebook post on minorities
Justin L. Mack, IndyStar.com

Forrest Lucas took out a full-page ad in Thursday’s Indianapolis Star that says his wife regrets the Facebook comments she made critical of minority groups and her words were “harsh and insensitive.”

Lucas, the Lucas Oil co-founder, said Charlotte Lucas is “extremely saddened by her actions,” and he underscored her earlier apology.

“Although it was not Charlotte’s intent to offend anyone, her comments were harsh and insensitive,” says the ad, a letter on Lucas Oil Products Inc. letterhead with Forrest Lucas’ signature. “Her words were hurtful to many and disappointing to all.” [READ FULL STORY]

October 10, 2014
Photos on Facebook show man holding gun to child’s head
Spot criminal activity on social media? Here’s what to do
By Nicole Perez, KSAT

SAN ANTONIO – With millions of users, social media sites like Facebook are often used to share pictures and videos of happier times. When those images appear to be crimes captured by a camera, the immediate response by most is to share them, too.

That’s what happened Thursday night when the above images were shared on KSAT-12′s Facebook page. A man can be seen holding what appears to be a gun to the head of a young child. Several people shared that images with KSAT-12 and San Antonio police.

Law enforcement officials have said that’s the wrong thing to do.

When you see the image or video, you can report it directly to Facebook by sending an email to info@facebook.com. While you can take a screenshot of the questionable image, make sure you include a link to the page of the person who uploaded it. [READ FULL STORY]

Albany County Executive Signs Another Law Against Cyberbullying

October 9th, 2014

After the current law was defeated and struck down in the courts, legislators went back and fixed it and signed it back into law. It amazes me the lengths people will go to, to fight for their right to be a bully… Know if your child is a cyberbully with PC Pandora monitoring software.

October 9, 2014
Albany County Executive Signs Another Law Against Cyberbullying
By Geoff Redick, Time Warner Cable News

ALBANY, N.Y. — Albany County’s newest law cracking down on cyberbullying, is now official. County Executive Dan McCoy announced Thursday morning that he signed the measure.

Known as “Local Law F 2014,” it replaces a similar 2010 statute, which was turned over by New York’s Court of Appeals for being “too broad.”

This latest version bans anyone from posting statements online, or through a computer or mail network, with the intent to emotionally harm a minor. The definition includes sexually explicit photos, private or personal information, or false sexual information.

Convicted offenders could face sentencing including a $1,000 fine, and up to a year in jail.

“The (appellate) judges gave us a roadmap,” McCoy said of the judicial decision this year to overturn the original law. “They said, ‘Well, look, if you do this, this and this, it should stand.’ So that’s what we did; we took their advice.” [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #291

October 8th, 2014

Here are a few more reasons every parent should be using PC Pandora monitoring software to know who their child is talking to online…

October 2, 2014
Charges: 13-year-old girls were found ‘huddled,’ ‘crying’ at man’s home
By Karen Zamora, Star Tribune

A Burnsville man was charged Thursday with sexual assault and kidnapping after allegedly bringing two 13-year-old Andover girls he met online to the basement of his parents’ home, a case that is focusing renewed attention on online safety.

Authorities say Casey Lee Chinn, 23, met the girls through Omegle, a free online chat site, and picked them up around 7:30 Monday evening in Andover. Using clues gleaned from the girls’ electronic devices, police tracked them to the Burnsville home Tuesday morning.

Chinn was charged Thursday with six felonies — two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct.

According to the charging documents, the girls had been communicating with Chinn via text and other social media apps for about a month and the chats were “sexually explicit.[READ FULL STORY]

October 7, 2014
6 arrested in Montgomery County, charged with soliciting minors online
By John Boyd, Houston Chronicle

Six men in Montgomery County have been arrested as part of an undercover sting targeting those who seek to prey upon children online.

The six men were arrested Oct. 1-2 as part of a sting by the Montgomery County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which goes after online predators and sex offenders who may be reaching out to minors online.

During the sting, task force investigators posed as children to communicate online with would-be predators, and establish a meet-up time and location which the suspects believed would lead to a sexual act.

When the suspects arrived on scene, each was ID’d and arrested, according to the county’s District Attorney’s office, and charged with the 2nd Degree felony offense of Online Solicitation of a Minor, a charge that could carry a prison sentence between two and 20 years.

Arrested an charged in the sting were Zachary Edmond Burns of Willis; Pedro Medina, Jr., of New Caney; Sean Michael Melton of Spring; Matthew Amere Pirsmadi of Humble; Gabriel Smith of Houston; and Richard White of Splendora. [READ FULL STORY]

Cyberbullying: 12 Things Every Parent Needs to Know

October 7th, 2014

Some of these tips are good… others are distorted… either way, there is a great way to remedy #6: 6. It’s even harder to tell if your child is a bully… – it’s called PC Pandora monitoring software.

October 6, 2014
Cyberbullying: 12 Things Every Parent Needs to Know
By Dan Tynan, Yahoo Tech

The first time I was bullied, I was in fifth grade. A kid named Sean, who looked a little like Eddie Munster, decided it would be fun to torment me. So every day at lunchtime he’d walk up and punch me hard in the stomach, knocking the wind out of me.

I stoically accepted this as my fate for being kind of a dork, but eventually the teacher noticed. He pulled us both aside and insisted I punch Sean in the stomach as payback. I did. Sean just laughed. It was distinctly unsatisfying.

A month later, Sean was out of the school. Right now he’s probably in prison, dead, or running an Internet startup.

I hadn’t thought about Sean in decades. But those memories came flooding back as I researched this column. Today, Oct. 6, is World Day of Bullying Prevention (aka “Blue Shirt Day”), which in turn is part of National Bullying Prevention Month.

On the first Monday of October, kids are asked to wear blue shirts to school to raise awareness of bullying prevention, says Ross Ellis, founder of STOMP Out Bullying, which organizes the event. What started six years ago as a small event has gone global, with celebrity endorsements and video game promotions. For example, characters inside Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2015 will don blue T-shirts with the phrase “Stomp Out Bullying” on them when the product ships later this month.

Bullying is even worse than it was when I was a kid, in part because of cyberbullying, where taunting happens online, often anonymously. Yet many parents still don’t understand what bullying is, how to tell if their kids are victims, and what to do about it if they are. Here are a dozen things you need to know about it… [READ FULL STORY]