Students, school districts struggle with cyberbullying across midstate and U.S.

April 24th, 2014

This is a good article on the general epidemic (yes, people, it is an epidemic) of cyberbullying… use PC PANDORA MONITORING SOFTWARE to know if your child is a part of the online bullying problem.

April 18, 2014
Students, school districts struggle with cyberbullying across midstate and U.S.
By Eric Veronikis, PennLive

Today’s most devious school bullies aren’t the big kids who push their classmates around and steal their lunch money.

The bullies who do the most damage normally don’t even have a face. They hide behind screen names and ridicule other students on the Internet.

Often, not realizing the depths of the emotional scars they inflict, students take to social media sites to launch their attacks.

Cyberbullying is a relatively new, malignant disease that teachers and administrators are battling, but don’t have a cure for in a rapidly expanding social media world. Cyberbullying has evolved in the social media realm that spawned during the past decade.

More than half of the country’s young people, 55 percent, have reported being cyberbullied; and of the young people who reported cyberbullying incidents, one-third of them said their bullies issued online threats, according to 2014 statistics published by nobullying.com.

“Bullying used to end at the end of the [school day]. And now it continues through the world of cellphones and computers,” said Michael Black, assistant principal at Carlisle High School. “So things that are happening at night, now are going around the school. Bullying used to be one-on-one. And now it can become five-on-one very quickly.” [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #269

April 23rd, 2014

More reasons to be using PC PANDORA MONITORING SOFTWARE to know who your kids are talking to online…

A 66 year-old was arrested after police say he was chatting with a 13 year old boy and even tried to meet him… but the 13-year-old was really an undercover cop.

April 21, 2014
The Process of Catching Online Predators
By Khiree Stewart, WHSV/ ABC 3

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — You’ve seen shows like “To Catch a Predator,” where an officer poses as a teen and lures sexual predators out to be arrested, but that doesn’t only happen on television.

Last week, 66 year-old John Daniel Patterson was arrested after police say he was chatting with a 13 year old boy and even tried to meet him. Little did he know it was an undercover police officer.

“There is an element of anonymity people feel that a computer provides but it is actually very easy to track someone down,” said Felicia Glick, who works with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office was responsible for the sting that caught Patterson.

Glick said many police departments across the Valley use different sites for this operation. [READ FULL STORY]

Remember Amanda Todd, the 15-year-old Canadian girl that killed herself after being harassed online… investigators found the guy at the center of it all… and he was in the Netherlands…?! This is great news for the family!

April 17, 2014
RCMP charge Dutch man in Amanda Todd cyberbullying case
B.C. teen was found dead weeks after she posted a video on YouTube detailing how she was harassed online
By Postmedia News

VANCOUVER — After one and a half years, thousands of tips and hundreds of interviews, B.C.’s Coquitlam RCMP have announced five charges against a 35-year-old Dutch man they say preyed upon Amanda Todd when she was 13 years old.

The suspect was arrested in the Netherlands in January for child pornography charges, but in order to protect the integrity of their investigation Mounties said they only told parents Carol and Norm Todd two hours before they announced new charges Thursday.

“I’m very proud to say that it was my major crime team that led this investigation,” said Coquitlam RCMP Insp. Paulette Freill. [READ FULL STORY]

Nude Instagram pictures involving Wake teens linked to cyberbullying

April 22nd, 2014

Instagram is just the newest reason you should be using PC PANDORA MONITORING SOFTWARE to know what your kids are doing on social networks…

April 21, 2014
Nude Instagram pictures involving Wake teens linked to cyberbullying
WTVD/ ABC 11

RALEIGH (WTVD) — A search warrant shows the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has asked a judge for permission to search 15 accounts on the social media website Instagram as agents look into the sharing of nude photos of Wake County high school students.

The case began in February when the mother of a Wake Forest teen reported nude pictures of her daughter were being shared on the website.

The sexually explicit photos include close-ups of body parts and depictions of sex acts.

The sharing of nude images of anyone underage engaged in sex is considered second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor under North Carolina law. The warrant also says investigators are treating the cases as possible cyber-bullying. [READ FULL STORY]

Kids Are Cyberbullying Their Teachers

April 21st, 2014

Subtext: this current generation has zero morals thanks to lackluster parenting. Use PC PANDORA MONITORING SOFTWARE to know if your child is a piece of garbage and bullying their teachers online…

April 21, 2014
Kids Are Cyberbullying Their Teachers
By Jordan Pearson, motherboard.com

When you think of cyberbullying, you probably think of kids teasing and harassing other kids, not throwing insults at adults online. But a new survey of the largest teachers union in the UK is the latest in a series of reports that show that cyberbullying has a major impact on teachers, not just students.

The study, from the National Association of Schoolmaster Union of Women Teachers, revealed some disturbing insights into the extent of the problem. One in four teachers are said they were affected by online bullying, according to the association, and 42 percent experienced being insulted or harassed by students on the web.

Students’ favourite outlets for this were Facebook (77 percent) and the website ratemyteachers.com (21 percent), the study found, and about 60 percent of the kids doing the bullying were between 11 and 16 years old. [READ FULL STORY]

Facebook FAIL Friday 163

April 18th, 2014

Here are a few more Facebook FAILs that should make you think twice before letting your child on social media networks without using a program like PC PANDORA MONITORING SOFTWARE.

If you are into kiddie porn, don’t post photos of it on Facebook…

April 12, 2014
Facebook photo leads to arrest
By Heather Johnson, North Platte Telegraph

Child pornography was found in a home in North Platte this week and one person in is jail as a result.

According to John Deal, investigator for the North Platte Police Department, the case stems back to January. That’s when investigators received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a local individual had uploaded an image of possible child pornography to a Facebook page.

North Platte investigators worked with Facebook and determined the image was posted on James Burnside’s account. [READ FULL STORY]

Facebook fight turns into a real-life assault…

April 11, 2014
Girls’ Facebook Fight Leads to Brutal Assault
By Kevin Freeman, FOX 8 Ohio

AKRON, Ohio– A dispute between girls that started on Facebook, ends with a huge fight, and it’s all caught on video.

Three teenagers and a toddler were taken to the hospital and four other teens were taken to jail.

“She just grabbed me by my hair, started punching me, broke my phone and kicked me and stuff, and she got off me and another girl came to me and she started doing the same thing,” said Dominique Hayden.

The cell phone video is difficult to watch. FOX 8 blurred it and turned down the audio because of graphic language. [READ FULL STORY]

In Reno NV, a man posts derogatory comments on a Casino’s FB page after friends have a run in with security. When said man tries to go to club, he is banned. A scuffle ensues and the bouncer hits man so hard, he dies later from internal bleeding… so, a man is dead, all because he said unkind things on Facebook about a casino’s security team. Can you imagine the things people are saying now?

April 11, 2014
Police: Facebook posts prompted fatal casino fight
By Associated Press

RENO, Nev. — Reno, Nev., police say they’ve arrested a nightclub guard accused of killing a man who posted negative Facebook comments about the lounge’s security.

Authorities say they arrested 24-year-old Stefen Johnson on suspicion of second-degree murder Thursday, four months after the man died.

Police say 23-year-old Victor Victoria-Acevedo had posted comments on Bubinga Lounge’s Facebook page after people he knew had run-ins with security there. Authorities say he was blocked from entering the club in the Eldorado Hotel Casino Dec. 15 due to the comments, which led to a fight. [READ FULL STORY]

Note to chicks: if you own a cute little pink handgun, and have posted photos of it on Facebook, don’t use that gun to kill someone. Even if you try to delete the photos, they will be found.

April 14, 2014
Facebook led to handgun investigators say was used in Helium Road slaying
By Kevin Welch, Amarillo Globe News

Investigators said Facebook led them to a pink handgun that’s at the center of the death of Robin Diane Spielbauer near the intersection of Helium Road and County Road 34.

Randall County Justice of the Peace Jerry Bigham arraigned the woman who is married to Speilbauer’s ex-husband on a charge of murder Sunday with a $500,000 bond required. She remains in Randall County Jail.

The Randall County Criminal District Attorney’s office filed a complaint Friday arguing Katie Yvonne Spielbauer, 28, should be tried for murder in the April 8 death. She is married to Jeremy David Spielbauer. [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #268

April 16th, 2014

Here are a couple more reasons you need to know who your kids are talking to online… and a couple more reasons to use PC PANDORA MONITORING SOFTWARE.

This 21-year-old in Pennsylvania is being charged as a Facebook serial rapist, as alleged by multiple victims, 2 of which are pregnant. He wrote a letter to the paper proclaiming his innocence, but it wasn’t very well through-out or written, and may hurt him in the end.

April 12, 2014
Facebook rapist plea bargain could unravel
In letter to The Morning Call, Bethlehem man says he’s not a serial rapist.
By Pamela Lehman, The Morning Call

In January, David Martinez stood before a Northampton County judge and offered no defense to accusations that he was a serial rapist who forced himself upon teenage girls he met through Facebook.

Pleading no contest to the charges, Martinez, 21, of Bethlehem, accepted a deal that would keep him in prison for eight to 20 years. But two months later, in a 13-page letter to The Morning Call, he claimed he was “100 percent” innocent and that he accepted the deal because he had no confidence in a jury trial.

“I took this deal through because you, the society, are uneducated and will make a biased judgment,” Martinez wrote. “You judge with emotions and not by the facts as what an educated person would judge.

“I’m many things but not a rapist or a serial rapist,” Martinez wrote. [READ FULL STORY]

Predators are using phones now too… and it may be someone you know trying to lure your kids…

April 15, 2014
Midland Co. Sheriff: More West Texas Juveniles Targeted by Online Predators, FBI Investigates Martin Co. Incident
By Matthew Rist, KOSA/ CBS 7

“They do it every day and I’ve seen kids run away meeting people on the internet and online,” said Stanton Grandmother Rosie Young.

A West Texas Sheriff says sexual predators are targeting kids online and right on their phones and it’s not just in our biggest cities.

Martin County says the boom has brought new types of cases, now an investigation into a cyber sexual act which targeted a 12-year-old girl has been turned over to the FBI.

It’s the second sex crime in the county in about a month. Officials in nearby Midland also say this is a growing trend across the basin.

The mom in this case just happened to be holding her daughter’s phone when an adult she knew from California sent her 12-year-old daughter an explicit photo.

She turned the phone over to police and now the FBI is involved, putting parents on high alert. [READ FULL STORY]

California High School Students Learn Consequences of Cyberbullying

April 15th, 2014

Forums and assemblies like this happen everywhere… but it’s not enough. The message isn’t sinking in the way it should. Parents need to do their part at home and enforce a zero-tolerance rule of bullying, and they need to monitor their child’s computer activity with a program like PC PANDORA MONITORING SOFTWARE.

April 11, 2014
High School Students Learn Consequences of Cyberbullying
By Kelsey Gerckens, KEYT News Channel 3

High School Students Learn Consequences of Cyberbullying
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Cyberbullying is a national problem. A new study found that more than 1 in 3 young people reported they were victims of cyberbullying.

Santa Barbara are trying to decrease the amount of cyberbullying that occurs. On Friday, San Marcos High School held an assembly about cyberbullying. School leaders hope the two-hour-long forum will show the students the consequences of cyberbullying and how what they post online can not only hurt someone else but themselves as well.

“I thought it really showed what our community really is doing to support anti-cyberbullying,” said San Marcos High School student Alexis Freekin. [READ FULL STORY]

Another Teacher Harassed, Cyberbullied By Student

April 14th, 2014

A problem that teachers everywhere are facing is born solely out of the parents’ failing to teach their children to respect adults and not caring enough to check their internet activity. Sad. For all the provisions we put in place to protect kids, there are none to protect the adults that commit their life to educating today’s children.

Know if your child is using the internet to cyberbully their peers… or a teacher, with PC Pandora monitoring software!!

April 9, 2014
Edmonton teacher harassed, cyberbullied by student
Grade 8 teacher complains francophone school board did little to protect her
CBC News

An Edmonton teacher who said she was harassed and bullied by a Grade 8 student for more than one and a half years says the francophone school board did not do enough to protect her.

“I’m hoping that this will open the eyes to other teachers, other members of the community … about the seriousness of cyberbullying,” said junior-high teacher Vienna Malko-Monterrosa.

The female student became obsessed with Malko-Monterrosa in 2007, making prank phone calls to her home, followed by threatening emails and Facebook messages saying things such as, “I know where you live,” and, “Life would be a lot better if you just died.”

“It was unbearable,” Malko-Monterossa said. “There were times I felt it was too difficult to go to school and keep myself composed in front of the students,” she said.

The student was eventually expelled — sent to another Edmonton school operated by the same board — but the cyberbullying did not end there, the hearing heard. [READ FULL STORY]

Facebook FAIL Friday 162

April 11th, 2014

Here are a few more reasons you could benefit from using PC Pandora to monitor your child’s Facebook activity…

A win for the mom and a complete FAIL for the kids who actually posted credible threats on Facebook…

April 7th 2014
Mom Reads Son’s Facebook Page, Thwarts Shooting: Police
By M. Alex Johnson

Two Utah teenagers were in custody on multiple charges Monday after a concerned mother alerted authorities that they had threatened on Facebook to kill her son near his school, police told NBC News.

Salt Lake City police Detective Greg Wilking said the threat appeared to be gang-related. He wouldn’t identify the suspects because they are juveniles, but he said they faced multiple gun and marijuana possession charges and possible charges of making threats.

The alleged target’s mother was reading her son’s Facebook account Friday when she ran across the threats, Wilking said. She told police detectives serving as school resource officers at West High School, who found the boys, ages 16 and 17, in a car in a nearby parking lot where they were waiting to confront the boy, he said. [READ FULL STORY]

Moral arguments aside on corporal punishment – WHY WOULD YOU POST THIS ON FACEBOOK?!

April 8, 2014
Facebook beating triggers arrests
By WEYI-TV

FLINT, Michigan (WEYI) – Police in Flint, Michigan have made two arrests and two children are in protective custody after video of a brutal beating was posted on Facebook.

In the six-minute video an 11-year-old boy is smacked in the face and hit with a belt more than 50 times.

“I watched the video and I was disturbed by it,” says David Leyton, the Genesee County prosecutor.

At least three adults watch the lashings, saying on the video the boy is being punished for having false information on his Facebook page. [READ FULL STORY]

Go ahead and cry about this story if you will, but how would you feel if a teacher used Facebook to have an affair with a teenager… then I bet you would be SCREAMING for provisions to be put in place to stop that from happening… but because it’s a sweet old lady, we are supposed to ignore the rules… right?

April 8, 2014
Facebook flap sparks protest at New Hampshire high school
CBS News

CLAREMONT, NH – At 79 years old, Carol Thebarge, a long-time substitute teacher, is out of work because of a flap over Facebook, reports CBS Boston.

“There’s a paranoia about the Internet and I think that we’re not realizing how valuable Facebook can be used properly,” Thebarge said.

Affectionately known as Mrs. T, Thebarge taught for nine years at Stevens High School in Claremont, New Hampshire.

She was friends with about 250 current students on her Facebook page but that is against school policy and she was told to ‘unfriend’ them. [READ FULL STORY]

Just a FAIL in general… if you didn’t see this coming, you don’t know how the world works…

April 9, 2014
Facebook Chooses Profits Over Not-For-Profits
Daniel P. Malito, Huff Post

Recently, Facebook decided to change the way they populate user’s newsfeeds. Many of you have probably noticed items in your feed that you haven’t subscribed to or liked, and other things that used to show up in your homepage all the time now very rarely appear or never show up at all. Those of you who haven’t noticed, it’s time to come home from Farmville and complete the Candy Crush Saga already. Experts claim this is the first step in the move towards making Facebook “pay-to-play,” and this may be true. Unfortunately, while most companies may be able to afford this new model, there is one group that has relied on Facebook’s organic approach to homepage advertising for years to bring their message to the public without much expenditure. Some might claim that the messages espoused by this group may be some of the most important to maintaining our societal wellbeing and keeping our moral compass pointing straight and true. Of course, I’m referring to 501c charities and not-for-profit corporations, the people who are going to be especially hard hit by the new Facebook news feed algorithm.

The first question that I have before we even begin to dissect the mechanics of how not-for-profits are getting the royal screw job, there is a question I have to ask: Why am I the only one who has raised this question? For many years, Facebook has been a very important tool for getting the message out about disease, poverty, tragedy, natural disaster, and has become an invaluable resource for allowing people to turn their desire to assist into actual, factual help. Be it financial donations, volunteering time, or simply helping to share stories and information about illnesses and events that help others cope with their personal tragedies every single day, the organic nature of “The Social Network” has been a boon for anyone asking for help. Without any request for remuneration or compensation, “The Facebook” has allowed their services to be used by every not-for-profit advocacy group and charity out there who can find someone tech-savvy enough to create a simple page, and it didn’t take much Internet acumen to do to so — so, really, anyone who needed to could make their own Facebook page where users could click “like,” and add the posts of that particular organization to their home page newsfeed. [READ FULL STORY]

Colorado Cyberbullying Bill Shelved This Year

April 10th, 2014

They say the current harassment law is enough… is it? Every state should have a cyberbullying law on the books to protect kids, teachers and everyone else. Use PC Pandora monitoring software to know if your child is a cyberbully…

April 10, 2014
Colorado Cyberbullying Bill Shelved This Year

DENVER (AP) – A Colorado proposal cracking down on bullies who harass young people through text messages and social media has failed, shocking the bill’s sponsor and prompting her supporters to say they will try again next year.

“I am extremely disappointed and stunned, because it came out of the House with such strong support,” Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, said Thursday.

Her bill sailed through the House last month on a 54-10 vote. It would have made it a misdemeanor to inflict “serious emotional distress on a minor” with texts or posts on websites such as Twitter or Facebook.

A Senate committee voted Wednesday to shelve the proposal amid concerns of infringing on free speech and subjecting young offenders to harsh penalties. But the bill sponsors in that chamber said they’re requesting the issue be studied by the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to have recommendations for another proposal next year. [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #267

April 9th, 2014

Internet predators are worldwide… But so is the effective use of PC Pandora monitoring software to keep your kids safe from said online predators.

April 3, 2014
Suspected online predator arrested, charged in Abbotsford cold case
The Canadian Press

ABBOTSFORD — A 31-year-old Abbotsford man is facing charges in the latest cautionary tale for parents trying to protect their children from online predators.

Abbotsford police say they arrested a suspect March 27 in connection with what they’re calling an historic investigation.

Details such as the date of the incident are not being provided and Const. Ian MacDonald says other information is also being withheld in order to protect the victim.

It’s alleged the youth was befriended on Internet and social networking sites before meeting the man. [READ FULL STORY]

ON TV: TLC Explores Web Predators and Digital Con Artists in Two Specials

April 8th, 2014

Watch these specials on TLC, and then use PC Pandora to keep your kids safe from web predators and digital con artists…

March 12th, 2014

TLC Explores Web Predators and Digital Con Artists in Two Specials

Written By Amanda Kondolojy

press release:

TLC EXPLORES WEB PREDATORS AND DIGITAL CON ARTISTS IN TWO SPECIALS

‘Cyber Stalkers’ premieres on Wednesday, April 9 at 10/9c and ‘Web of Deceit’ airs Wednesday, April 16 at 10/9c

New York, NY – More than 110 million Americans use social media today and nearly one million relationships this year will begin online, but internet predators and false online identities are also at an all-time high. TLC explores the dark side of this phenomenon in two specials – CYBER STALKERS and WEB OF DECEIT, both premiering in April.

CYBER STALKERS, premiering Wednesday, April 9 at 10/9c, is a one-hour dramatic reenactment based on true stories of online connections gone wrong. After moving back to her hometown to focus on the next steps to getting her daughter back, Jeanette turned to social media for support and helpful connections, but she quickly learned that every favor comes with a price. The second storyline follows Jeremy and Brittany, a couple who found love online, but things took a turn for the worse when one of them was not entirely honest about the past.

The following week on Wednesday, April 16 at 10/9c, WEB OF DECEIT follows Sandy’s digital saga gone terribly awry. Her romantic relationship with Keith began online, but after several setbacks and unsettling conversations, she hired renowned private investigators, Dawn Ricci and Tony DeLorenzo, to look into her story and set the record straight.

Online at TLC.com, get preview clips from each special and advice from the experts on how to avoid online scammers. Follow the Twitter conversations using #WebOfDeceit and #CyberStalkers.

CYBER STALKERS is produced by Megalomedia Inc. for TLC

WEB OF DECEIT is produced by Cineflix Productions for TLC.

About TLC

TLC is a global brand that celebrates extraordinary people and relatable life moments through innovative nonfiction programming. A top 10 cable network in key female demos, TLC has built successful consumer brands around series including Cake Boss, and has transformed Fridays into “BrideDay” with a lineup of wedding-themed programming anchored by the Say Yes to the Dress franchise. In 2013, TLC had 32 series averaging 1 million P2+ viewers or more, including seven series that averaged 2 million P2+ viewers or more, the most ever in a year: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Sister Wives, Long Island Medium, The Little Couple, Who Do You Think You Are?, Breaking Amish: Brave New World, and Breaking Amish: LA.

TLC is available in nearly 99 million homes in the US and 329 million households in 167 markets internationally. A destination online, TLC.com offers in-depth fan sites, exclusive video content, and original editorial covering style, home, food, and more. Fans can also interact with TLC via On Demand services, on mobile platforms, and through social media such as Facebook or @TLC on Twitter. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA,DISCB, DISCK), the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than two billion cumulative subscribers in 224 countries and territories.

Japanese kids banned from using cellphones after 9 p.m. in bid to curb cyberbullying

April 7th, 2014

Can’t wait to see how this works… instead of taking things away, try just monitoring internet activity with PC Pandora

March 25, 2014
Japanese kids banned from using cellphones after 9 p.m. in bid to curb cyberbullying
By Lee Moran, New York Daily News

A crackdown on cyberbullies will see Japanese children banned from using their cellphones at night.

Some 13,000 elementary and junior high school students in the city of Kariya will be forced to hand their gadgets over to parents at 9 p.m. each evening.

School officials, police and social workers hope the online curfew will stop 6- to 15-year-olds from getting sucked into cybercrime.

It’s also aimed at curbing Web addiction. [READ FULL STORY]

Facebook FAIL Friday 161

April 4th, 2014

Here are a few more reasons you could benefit from using PC Pandora to monitor your child’s Facebook activity…

A 22-year-old woman on probation for drunken driving got herself in trouble because of a dumb Facebook post.

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March 27, 2014
Woman’s Facebook post ousts her probation violation
22-year-old woman was on probation for drunken driving, social media post gets her in trouble
By Will Jones, Local 4 Reporter

WESTLAND, Mich. – It was the day after St. Patrick’s Day when Colleen Cudney was called in for a random breathalyzer test.

The 22-year-old was put on probation for a drunken driving conviction in 2012. After Cudney took the test at the probation office in Westland, she logged on to Facebook and counted her blessings.

Investigators say she posted this: “Buzz killer for me, I had to breathalyze (sic) this morning and I drank yesterday but I passed thank god lol my dumba@@.”[READ FULL STORY]

Again, people, this is why you do not post your vacation plans on Facebook for all your “friends” to see!

March 31, 2014
Facebook ‘Friend’ Robs Home Of Vacationing Family: Cops
By David Moye, The Huffington Post

This story won’t get many “likes.”

A woman on vacation in Las Vegas had her house burglarized by a trio that allegedly included one of her Facebook “friends.”

Stacey Grant of Fontana, Calif., was so excited about her family’s spring break trip to Sin City that she posted lots of social media updates about her whereabouts.

One of her Facebook friends apparently really “liked” those updates.

Investigators say Michael Batson, 21, used Grant’ Facebook posts to case her home and, with the help of two other men, ransack it last Tuesday. [READ FULL STORY]

It’s a fail… ask and ye shall receive the answer you dread…

March 31, 2014
Ted Cruz asks his Facebook friends about Obamacare, gets an earful
By Michael Hiltzik, LA Times

The Olympiad of officials and institutions reaching out to the public via social media and not hearing what they expected has a new champion: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Back on March 24, Cruz posted an informal survey on his verified senatorial Facebook page. It read: “Quick poll: Obamacare was signed into law four years ago yesterday. Are you better off now than you were then? Comment with YES or NO!”

It’s probably fair to say that he didn’t expect the tsunami of “YES” votes that have shown up on the page among the 47,000 that Facebook says have been posted.

Respondents have listed, among other things, their newfound ability to obtain coverage despite preexisting medical conditions, the right of young adults to stay on their parents’ policies to age 26, lower premiums and the end of lifetime benefit limits. [READ FULL STORY]

Facebook fight videos get people arrested…

April 1, 2014
Facebook fight video prompts three Kingsport arrests
By Rain Smith, Times News

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport woman’s decision to post a Facebook video of her fighting a juvenile has prompted her own arrest, along with two additional adults who didn’t immediately intervene and appeared to encourage the confrontation.

Robbie Bowlin, 41, and Rebecca Bowlin, 38, both of 423 Sequoyah Drive, Kingsport, are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a child. Rebecca Bowlin is additionally charged with disorderly conduct, as is the woman who arrived at their home and allegedly spurred the incident, Brandi E. Pishner, 25, of 3860 Rocky Hill Lane. [READ FULL STORY]

I wasn’t going to post this story before, because it seems to just contribute to the cyberbullying… but it turns out that the person that did it is an assistant principal at a high school!

April 1, 2014
Teacher Leaves Position After Alleged Cyber Bullying
myfoxphilly.com

OCONEE, SC – A South Carolina teacher resigned from his position after an alleged case of cyber-bullying involving an unsuspecting 6-year-old girl.

A photo allegedly taken by Walhalla High School Assistant Principal Charlie Fowler is at the center of the controversy.

The photo is of young girl while she shopped with her family at Wal-Mart. Afterwards the child’s picture was posted on Facebook comparing her to reality TV star “Honey Boo Boo”.

News of the photo reached the child’s family and they are outraged. As a protection for the child, FOX 29 has chosen to not display the full image.

Community members say the educator often lectures students about bullying and the photo could already have a negative impact on the child. The photo upset the community so much that an online petition was started calling for Fowler’s resignation. [READ FULL STORY]

Nice try, dude… but FAIL for you!

April 2, 2014
Facebook ownership: Case closed on N.Y. man’s claim
From the Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A federal judge has officially closed the book on a New York man’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit claiming half-ownership of Facebook.

Judge Richard Arcara has granted Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg’s motion to dismiss Paul Ceglia’s lawsuit.

Last week’s ruling affirms a magistrate judge’s recommendation from a year ago saying the lawsuit should be thrown out because the contract Ceglia based it on was faked. [READ FULL STORY]

Beware: if you are going to have a public Facebook profile, with photos of yourself, it may be possible for cops to track you down after you choke and punch a woman in the face…

April 2, 2014
Facebook profile leads to arrest of Salem assault suspect
By James A. Kimble, Union Leader

SALEM — A Lowell, Mass., man who allegedly choked and punched a woman in the face at a Salem hotel last week then sped away at 120 mph on Interstate 93 may have escaped from getting arrested that night, but his Facebook profile ultimately caught up with him.

Police said that Tuesday’s arrest of Gerald Fraize, 38, by U.S. Marshals and Derry police came about only after they were able to identify him through a Facebook profile in which he apparently used a different last name.

Fraize was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail following his arraignment in 10th Circuit Court, Salem Division, on Wednesday. [READ FULL STORY]

Another story of threats on Facebook getting the person that made them in trouble…

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April 3, 2014
Facebook Posts Lead To Arrests Of Rock Falls High School Teens
By Mark Stevens, KWQC

Rock Falls Police have arrested two male teens on charges of cyberstalking.

Police say the charges stem from posts made on Facebook.

Officers got involved after high school officials contacted them.

Police say the posts were rude and disrespectful.

The posts touched on the accidental shooting of Rock Falls High School student Matt Anderson in early March.

The posts also contained a possible violent threat against high school students.

The school district took action because bullying policies have been updated through the years. [READ FULL STORY]<

Montana police tell parents: sexual predators utilize social media

April 3rd, 2014

Stories like this are plentiful, but I still like sharing and highlighting the efforts of local law enforcement to keep your kids safe online… of course, you can be your own internet predator detective with PC Pandora computer monitoring software

April 2, 2014
Bozeman police: Sexual predators utilize social media
By Jordan Moore, KTVM

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Busting suspected child predators takes the cooperation of many agencies from the FBI down to local police and sheriff’s departments. It can often be a sophisticated game of cat and mouse to catch suspects, because as technology evolves, so do predators’ tactics.

We met with Dana McNeil on Wednesday afternoon. He is a detective with the Bozeman Police Department and is also a computer forensics expert. He investigates cases where suspected predators may be looking to take advantage of children online.
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He has been doing this for five years and has seen firsthand how predators adopt social media to lure children. On average McNeil says he could be juggling anywhere from three to six cases at once.

“It is getting easier and easier to send videos to large content files and I think people are probably more bold than they were 6, 10, 15 years ago,” said McNeil. [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #266

April 2nd, 2014

20 more reasons to use PC Pandora to know who your kids are talking to online… 19 guys arrested in a Wisconsin predator sting and 1 arrested right here in my town!

March 31, 2014
19 arrested in sting targeting sexual predators; Suspects include city of Wausau employee, other locals
By Doug Schneider, Gannett Wisconsin Media

GREEN BAY — Nineteen men, including several from central Wisconsin, one of whom works for the city of Wausau, were arrested in a three-day police sting that targeted adults who used the Internet to prey on children.

The 19 were picked up Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a crackdown on sex predators by 11 police agencies. They dubbed the sting, run from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Operation Vanguard.

The arrests announced Monday included that of Shawn M. Raasch, a 40-year-old Shawano man who told authorities he is a school bus driver in Shawano County, according to documents released by Brown County sheriff’s officials. They also included Dennis Rice, 58, of Merrill, a city of Wausau equipment operator who was arrested by the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department and Wausau Police Department as part of the investigation. [READ FULL STORY]

Hillside Arts teacher arrested on sexual predator charges
By Rich Bockmann, Times Ledger
Cops posing online as a teenage girl arrested a teacher who works at the Jamaica High School campus earlier this week on charges of being a sexual predator, the Queens district attorney said.

Police claim Monsur Khan, 30, allegedly showed up to meet “Sara” Wednesday after sending numerous explicit messages in February and March over the Internet to a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl but who was actually an undercover vice detective, DA Richard Brown said.

“This case should once again serve as a reminder that sexual predators are cruising the Internet in search of vulnerable victims,” Brown said. “Despite numerous publicized arrests for exactly this type of alleged behavior, sexual predators continue to be relentless in searching the Internet for victims. Do not let your child become one of them. Parents must monitor their children’s online activities to ensure that they are not being lured into dangerous situations.” [READ FULL STORY]

Parents – Beware of Yik Yak

April 1st, 2014

A new app is out there that almost specifically seems to be made for cyberbullying. Use PC Pandora monitoring software to know if your child is a cyberbully!

CBS 5 – KPHO

March 25, 2014
App brings cyber bullying to a whole new level
By Michael Clark, WMC TV

OXFORD, MS – (WMC-TV) – At least one Mid-South school district is having problems with a new app that brings cyber bullying to a whole new level.

Last week, the superintendent of Oxford School District sent a letter to the editor of the Oxford Eagle warning parents about Yik Yak.

Oxford School District Supt. Brian Harvey says the Yik Yak app allows students within a five-mile radius to send and post messages to the app anonymously. In doing so, he says kids are getting their feelings hurt.

“The app’s promise of being anonymous has opened up a Pandora’s box of trouble for our high school: malicious comments, hurtful statements, and untruths posted anonymously by our students and others in the community. These posts are vicious and hurtful, and there is no way to trace their source,” the letter to the editor said. Read the full letter here.

Action News 5 was told some of the messages were so hurtful in Oxford that many students were in tears at school. [READ FULL STORY]

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

March 27, 2014
‘Yik Yak’ App Raises Cyberbullying Concerns
By Dave Kinchen, WTXF/ FOX

PHILADELPHIA, P.A. – Speak your mind without a trace. That’s the drive behind the new App ‘Yik Yak,’ but it’s causing some concern about cyberbullying.

You can say what you want. No name, no clever handle required. And young people are loving it.

‘Yik Yak’ was designed by college students as a way for them to talk about campus life, classes and to decide where to eat. However, now it’s become a tool of cyberbullies. [READ FULL STORY]

5 Tips for Setting Limits on Kids’ Cyber Behaviors

March 31st, 2014

Good article from the Huffington Post on how to keep your kids safe online… decent tips… but they’re missing the use of PC Pandora monitoring software!



March 31, 2014
5 Tips for Setting Limits on Kids’ Cyber Behaviors
Deborah Schoeberlein, Huffington Post

Concern about Internet safety is pervasive among parents of young teens. We fear many things: exposure to pedophiles and predators; cyberbullying and taunts; an indelible record of immature decisions; and introduction to damaging content that desensitizes youth and models unhealthy relationships.

It’s scary out there, but being afraid isn’t helping any of us. So, here are a few key points to consider and some practical suggestions for parents of young teens. [READ FULL STORY]

Facebook FAIL Friday 160

March 28th, 2014

Here are a few more ways Facebook can lead to a FAIL… use PC Pandora monitoring software to keep a close eye on what your kids are doing online and on Facebook!

March 21, 2014
Mother’s Facebook Lesson Takes Different Turn After 4Chan Finds Daughter’s Photo
By Cavan Sieczkowski, The Huffington Post

A Colorado mother who attempted to teach her daughter a lesson about Facebook use wound up getting blasted by others.

In an effort to show her daughter how quickly something can spread online, Kira Hudson posted a public photo of the young girl and asked her Facebook friends to share it, WHNT reports. She had the girl pose with a sign that read, “3/18/14: Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it’s on the internet.”

In a screenshot of the post, obtained by the Daily Dot, Hudson explained, “My 12-year-old daughter doesn’t understand why she can’t have an Instagram or Facebook account… Please ‘like and Share’ … She just doesn’t get it!” [READ FULL STORY]

March 22, 2014
Nulty resigns over ‘inappropriate’ Facebook messages
Dublin West TD admits sending social media messages to a 17-year-old girl while under the influence of alcohol
By Harry McGee, Irish Times

The Dublin West TD Patrick Nulty has dramatically announced his resignation from the Dáil after admitting to sending inappropriate social media messages to a 17-year-old.

Mr Nulty announced his intention to resign in a statement released this evening. The surprise announcement comes ahead of an expected newspaper story about the incident tomorrow.

In his statement, Mr Nulty has admitted to sending “inappropriate messages via Facebook”.

He said the messages “included inadvertently sending one to a 17-year-old woman. To the best of my knowledge I have never met this woman and the message was sent while under the influence of alcohol”. [READ FULL STORY]

March 23, 2014
Doctor fired after Facebook post sues health system
From Crain’s

An emergency room doctor has sued Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health, saying her position was eliminated and she was wrongfully accused of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act over a comment she posted on Facebook, MLive.com reported.

Catherine Puetz, a former associate medical director of emergency services, filed the lawsuit this month in U.S. District Court against Spectrum and two executives. The lawsuit involves a Facebook post Puetz made in August 2013 in response to seeing a picture posted by an emergency department nurse that showed the backside of a woman. Thinking she recognized the woman, Puetz posted a comment: “OMG. Is that TB?” [READ FULL STORY]

Teen sentenced to probation, community service for cyberbullying

March 27th, 2014

Some people are just pathetic. This girl decided to cyberbully a classmate on Twitter… she did it from her own account. Well, it caught up with her and now she has a record. Know if your child is a cyberbully with PC Pandora computer monitoring software

March 21, 2014
Teen sentenced to probation, community service for cyberbullying
By Tenikka Smith, WSOC-TV Channel 9

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — The verdict is in for a Union County teen accused of cyberbullying a classmate a Weddington High.

Kaylan Ashrafi will be on probation for the next few months as a part of her sentence.

Dana Milford has waited for months for the cyberbullying case to go to trial.

“Today to me is like the end of a nightmare,” she said.

Ashrafi was arrested last September, accused of harrasing Milford’s daughter. Union County deputies said Ashrafi used her own Twitter page to post negative and lewd messages about the victim who has since left Weddington High.

A judge found Ashrafi guilty Friday and subject to deferred judiciary prosecution. [READ FULL STORY]