Facebook FAIL Friday 187

October 24th, 2014

Use PC Pandora monitoring software to know what your kids are doing on Facebook… like, as in, if they are posting revenge porn pics…

October 19, 2014
County woman charged in revenge porn case
By Laura Peters, News Leader

WAYNESBORO – An Augusta County woman was charged with posting a nude picture of another woman on Facebook, police said.

The Waynesboro Police Department said this is its first revenge porn charge after the law came into effect July 1 after being enacted by the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year, a release said.

Rachel Lynn Craig, 28, who resides outside of Waynesboro, was charged with the Class 1 misdemeanor and was released from the police department Saturday.

The new law makes it illegal for people to post nude images of others without permission to the Internet or making it accessible to others. [READ FULL STORY]

Parents need wake-up call about dangers to teens online

October 23rd, 2014

The title of this story is the whole reason we created PC Pandora monitoring software… it’s also the reason I started this blog.

October 19, 2014
Parents need wake-up call about dangers to teens online
Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press

A 13-year-old St. Clair County girl sends nude pictures and videos of herself to a man in Florida.

A 14-year-old Rochester Hills boy flashes his private parts in front of a webcam for a stranger.

A 15-year-old West Bloomfield girl sends nude pics of herself to a presumed teenage boy who turns out to be a 50-year-old man.

These federal court cases in Detroit offer a glimpse into what goes on behind closed doors all across America, say authorities, child advocates and security experts, who add that too many parents are still clueless about what their kids do on the Internet. Either they assume that their kids aren’t capable of doing awful things online, they say, or they just aren’t paying attention.

Meanwhile, research shows plenty of online, secretive behavior by teens is going on.

According to a 2013 study called Digital Deception: Exploring the Online Disconnect between Parents and Kids, 69% of kids said they know how to hide what they do online from their parents; 44% said they clear their browser history or use private browsing sessions to hide their activity from their parents.

“Parents are lying to themselves if they think they know what their kids are doing online,” said Boston-based online security expert Robert Siciliano, an author, lecturer and security consultant who worked on the study. “As for our kids, let’s face it — kids sometimes lie.”

And parents aren’t quick to catch it. [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #293

October 22nd, 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 16, 2014
Feds: Michigan teen cyberstalked for 5 years for nude pics
Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press

She was just 13 when the cyber-stalking started.

The Michigan teen had sent naked pictures of herself to a man named Bruce in Florida, records show.

What followed was a hellish nightmare: For the next five years, the girl received nonstop text messages and emails from strangers, demanding she send them nude pictures of herself – or they would post the explicit pictures they already had of her on the Internet. [READ FULL STORY]

October 19, 2014
Martinez man in custody for alleged kidnapping of 14-year-old Oregon girl
Rick Jones, Martinez Gazette

A 14-year-old girl who disappeared from her home in Oregon was found safe in Martinez, and a man she allegedly met in an online chat room is under arrest, police said Thursday.

Blake Robert Johnston, 41, was taken into custody at a home on Fountainhead Court just after midnight Wednesday, Martinez Police Detective Sgt. Dave Mathers said.

Police found him there with the teenager after Salem, Oregon, authorities contacted Martinez police with information about Johnston’s possible whereabouts, Mathers said.

The girl was discovered missing from her home in Salem, Oregon, about 6 a.m. Tuesday, said Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada.

Mathers said Johnston and the victim had established an online relationship, which had been going on for several months after the two met via a social media chat site. Mathers declined to provide more specifics about what kind of social media, citing an ongoing investigation into the matter. [READ FULL STORY]

October 19, 2014
TBI: Man had ‘sexual conversations’ with teen on Facebook

NASHVILLE – An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a Rutherford County man charged with Solicitation of Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Solicitation of Statutory Rape of a Minor.

TBI Special Agents began an investigation on Feb. 26, acting on information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an adult male was having ongoing sexual conversations through 2013 with a 14-year old through Facebook Chat. That adult was identified as David Albert Newton, 37, of Katelyn Court in Murfreesboro. The investigation revealed that Newton had inappropriate conversations with the teen. [READ FULL STORY]

October 19, 2014
Teen’s Nude Selfie Sets Off 5-Year Nightmare
At 13, girl sent a nude selfie to a Florida man, setting off a five-year hellish nightmare that’s culminating in federal court.
By Beth Dalbey, Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch

A Michigan teenager learned the difficult way what can happen after hitting the send button on a nude selfie:
Unrelenting text messages and emails, stalking and extortion for five years, not only from the Florida man named Bruce who originally received the then 13-year-old’s photos, but from others she thought he shared them with, federal prosecutors argued in complaint in U.S. District Court, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News.

The now 18-year-old St. Clair County teen, whose name and hometown have not been released, bowed to pressure and sent photos to men who said that if she didn’t comply, they would post the photos they already had on the Internet.

For about 18 months, she complied and “took nude photographs of herself every other day and forwarded them,” according to the complaint.

She attempted suicide twice, according to the complaint, and finally told authorities of the years-long harassment in September after she found 30 images of herself on an Internet porn site. The photos and videos had generated thousands of comments. [READ FULL STORY]

October 20, 2014
Underage sex sting aimed at warding off predators; nine arrested
By Christena T. O’Brien, Leader-Telegram

Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer warns adults trolling the Internet looking for underage sex partners to beware.

“We are monitoring (online) sites, and you’ll never know who you’re talking to,” Cramer said Monday during a news conference announcing the arrests of nine men resulting from an undercover sting, dubbed Operation Child Safe.

The sting was conducted Thursday and Friday by three local law enforcement agencies and the state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation in conjunction with the Chippewa Valley Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory.

Nine men ages 20 to 60 were arrested after investigators from the forensics laboratory posted ads pretending to be underage children seeking sex or adults looking to traffic or sell a child for sex.

Investigators received multiple responses, which included emails, telephone communications and text messages, according to information released by the Eau Claire Police Department. Suspects requested meeting for sex at a pre-designated location in the Chippewa Valley, and undercover officers met them and took them into custody.

“These are the ones who showed up,” said sheriff’s Capt. Dan Bresina.

The men arrested on preliminary charges of use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, attempted child enticement and attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child[READ FULL STORY]

Parents given tips to protect kids from cyber-bullying

October 21st, 2014

Presentations like this are essential in fighting cyberbullies. PC Pandora monitoring software will let you know if your child is being cyberbullied, or is a cyberbully…

October 17, 2014
Parents given tips to protect kids from cyber-bullying
By Steve Smith, Hartford Courant

What smartphone apps have hidden features that can put your child at risk?

Some of the tools cyberbullies use are disguised as seemingly-harmless apps for today’s smartphones. That was one of the main points of a presentation at Smith Middle School by Sgt. Rick McKeon of the Glastonbury Police Department’s Digital Crime Unit.

“In my research, the stats are bearing it out,” McKeon said. “Mobile devices are going to surpass desktop use. Things are changing really rapidly. I probably analyze 10 to 12 cell phones for every computer today, and we get better information about someone on their cell phone than on the average computer.”

McKeon said that in his lab, many dummy social media accounts are used to follow people for a lot of different reasons. “The primary reason why we do it is safety,” he said. “We are trying to prevent violence to someone else, or for those who are depressed, to themselves.”

McKeon said several cases at Glastonbury High School and Smith Middle School have been investigated by his unit. Smith Principal Donna Schilke said the number of incidents involving Smith students is low and declining, partially due to the effectiveness of character education programs, but they do happen and can have serious ramifications. [READ FULL STORY]

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]

Facebook FAIL Friday 186

October 17th, 2014

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

KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

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]