Nothing will ever be done about this website. They cannot and will not be shut down. It is all up to parents to block it and talk to their kids about it… PC Pandora computer monitoring software will let you know if your child is sneaking on ask.fm to cyberbully others…
February 25 2014, Cyberbullying: One Social Media Site Being Blamed for Fourteen Suicides WEAR/ ABC 3
Most parents are on many social media sites, they think they have a good handle on their kids. But your kids are no longer on those sites. They’ve found new ones that you don’t even know about. One site is now being blamed for 14 suicides in the country this year.
Most parents know about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and maybe even Snapchat, but the scary thing is there are tons of sites they’ve never even heard of.
According to authorities, one of the most dangerous ones is Ask.Fm. It allows users to anonymously ask each other questions. Well its quickly turned into a nightmare for many children.
“These kids are so cut-throat, I’ve never even read it in a book some of the things I see.” said a Crestview mother who does not want to be identified. She isn’t revealing who she is in order to protect her daughter.
She’s speaking out so other parents will know what’s out there. Many of the questions which are supposed to be innocent, turned into this. “Why did you not just kill yourself, next time use a real pair of scissors or a gun.”[READ FULL STORY]
February 24, 2014 Colorado cyberbullying law clears first legislative hurdle The proposal would make online harassment via social media a misdemeanor in the state. By Madeline Novey, Coloradoan.com
A bill that defines cyberbullying and makes it a misdemeanor cleared its first legislative hurdle Monday with unanimous backing from the Colorado House Education Committee.
Supporters said House Bill 1131 gives law enforcement and prosecutors a more appropriate tool to crack down on a serious issue in an era where most kids are digitally connected and taunts formerly confined to the schoolyard have global reach online.
The bill would punish those who inflict serious emotional distress on a minor through social media platforms.
“Bullying will not stop if we just stand by and do nothing,” Aurora Democrat and bill sponsor Rep. Rhonda Fields said following hours-long testimony that drew limited opposition to the proposal. [READ FULL STORY]
“The Suffolk mother who called with the warning for other parents blames herself in part, saying she needs to do a better job using protective filters for her children’s internet usage. She says she will be paying much closer attention now to what her child is browsing on the web and encourages other parents to do the same.”
February 24, 2014 Suffolk mom warns other parents of internet site By Jane Wertz
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A Suffolk mother called 10 On Your Side after she discovered sexual predators were trying to have conversations of a sexual nature with her 9-year-old daughter.
The predators were using the website Omegle.com. They asked the young girl for her address and pictures and wanted to talk to her about sex. Omegle.com is a very explicit site and is definitely not suitable for anyone under the age of 18, let alone a 9-year-old.
The police departments in Hampton Roads 10 On Your Side contacted said they never heard of Omegle.com, but the number of similar sites continues to grow.
The Suffolk mother who called with the warning for other parents blames herself in part, saying she needs to do a better job using protective filters for her children’s internet usage. She says she will be paying much closer attention now to what her child is browsing on the web and encourages other parents to do the same. [READ FULL STORY]
This story on a predator busting police department starts with a story of a teen’s interaction with a predator…
February 15, 2014 W5 exposes tactics behind online predators, police who bust them Litsa Sourtzis & Sarah Stevens, W5 Staff
She looked and acted like every teenage boy’s fantasy. Beautiful, blonde, and sexually aggressive; profile photos showed her clad in a cropped top and tight jeans.
Her name was Ashley Matthews and her online identity claimed she was a 14-year-old girl from Whitby, Ont. When this alluring teenager sent a Facebook friend request to 12-year-old Eric, he couldn’t believe his luck.
“I added her on Facebook because it said I had a mutual friend. And so being a teenage boy, she’s an attractive girl, all my friends have her and so I added her.”
Ashley was already mutual Facebook friends with other boys from Eric’s school so he trusted her. Almost immediately, Ashley wanted Eric to get on MSN, another online instant messaging service that allows real-time exchanges with both text and video, and to chat via webcam with her.
She was trying to convince him to do more than just continue chatting. [READ FULL STORY]
Another massive predator bust down in Florida…
February 18, 2014 25 arrested in online child sex sting By Elizabeth Johnson Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:16 p.m.
MANATEE COUNTY- The undercover detectives post ads on Craigslist and make profiles on Internet chat sites.
“Hot girl here . . . pretty and ready to have fun,” one post reads.
Donald Constantino, a 75-year-old retiree on Longboat Key, responds. After a couple of exchanged messages, the agent asks: “How old r u? im 13 lol haha.”
Constantino replies, “too young.” But four hours later, he asks if the person — who he believes to be a teenage girl — wants to meet.
He drives to a home in Manatee County, where he is arrested by a team of deputies.
Constantino’s case was similar to that of 24 other men arrested during the weeklong Operation Green Shepherd III. It’s the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office third undercover sting targeting people accused of using the Internet to have sex with children. [READ FULL STORY]
This story is from Tucson where an internet predator was busted by the local ICAC team…
February 25, 2014 TPD’s internet sex crimes unit takes down accused online predators KVOA-TV
TUCSON – A man in his 30s is arrested for sending inappropriate pictures to an underage girl. It turns out Roy Combs was really chatting online with a detective from the Internet Crimes Against Children’s Unit.
Our cameras were rolling as Roy Combs was taken down by U.S. Marshals. For the last month and a half he was texting who he thought was an underage girl on a social media website. Detective Dan Barry says, “He immediately asked if the person he thought he was speaking to wanted to see his genitalia.” [READ FULL STORY]
How long does this have to go on before we really stand up and take notice and take responsibility for the way we raise our children and how we let them treat others? PC Pandora monitoring software will let you know if your child is a cyberbully… there is a greater chance of them being a bully than a victim, FYI.
February 21, 2014 Some Students Suspended For Tweets By Allison Sampite-Montecalvo
CHULA VISTA— Several students at high schools in the Sweetwater Union High School District were pulled out of class Friday for discipline following a string of incidents described as cyberbullying. The punishment included some suspensions.
District spokesman Manny Rubio said the incident involved posts and retweets on a Twitter account called “San Diego School Confessions” that were inappropriate comments about staff members and other students.
A search for the site showed it has been deleted, but similar accounts had been created.
“My understanding is that they (the tweets and retweets) weren’t threatening, but there’s a lot of name calling and accusations among students,” Rubio said. “That’s considered an act of bullying.” [READ FULL STORY]
How many more times does this have to happen before we really stand up and take notice and take responsibility for the way we raise our children to treat others? PC Pandora monitoring software will let you know if your child is a cyberbully… there is a greater chance of them being a bully than a victim, FYI.
February 13, 2014 Girl, 15, at private school for the gifted leaps to her death off grandmother’s Manhattan apartment building ‘after vicious cyberbullying’ From the Daily Mail Reporter
Jayah Ram Jackson, 15, jumped to her death at 10.40am on Thursday on Manhattan’s Upper West Side Disturbing Facebook and social media posts indicate the teens troubled state of mind Claims to have cut herself and alludes to a ‘petition to kill herself’ – raising the specter of cyberbullying
The gifted teenage girl who jumped off the roof of her grandmother’s 27-floor Upper West Side apartment building on Thursday made references to being bullied online and a ‘petition to have her commit suicide’.
The Facebook page of Jayah Ram Jackson, 15, reveals a young girl suffocated by loneliness and depression who openly discussed the possibility of ending her own life and alluding to problems with bullies online.
On January 5, she wrote that unidentified others were urging her to commit suicide.
‘At least 8 people have told me they want me to kill myself in the past 2 days,’ she posted. ‘I just hope that when i actually do it, they don’t feel responsible. because they won’t be.’
In a flurry of messages posted on Tuesday, the teen sounded dispondent about Valentines Day and how she could not bear the thought of being alone.
‘I’m actually just going to wait for someone to make a petition for me to kill myself because it’s inevitable,,, like, we all see it coming,’ Jayah wrote on Tuesday.
Police said Jackson, 15, lept to her death at 10.40am on Thursday on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. [READ FULL STORY]
A heartbroken 14-year-old girl leapt to her death in Italy after being attacked by cyber-bullies on Ask.fm; use PC Pandora computer monitoring software to know if your child is a cyberbully. Only by exposing the bullies in our own homes can we stop this absolute nonsense.
February 12, 2014 Teen suicide prompts calls for Italy ‘cyberbullying’ law Agence France-Presse
Italian lawmakers on Wednesday called for a law against “cyberbullying” following the suicide of a 14-year-old girl whose cry for help on a website was met with a torrent of abuse and encouragement to self-harm.
“Kill yourself”, “Nobody wants you” and “You are not normal” were some of the comments received by the teenager on the social networking site Ask.fm after she turned to the web for advice when her boyfriend left her.
When she posted photographs of cuts she said she had made on her arms, one commenter wrote: “I hope that one of these days you cut the big vein on your arm and die”.
The girl, who called herself “Amnesia”, jumped to her death from an abandoned hotel in her hometown of Fontaniva near Padua in northeast Italy on Sunday. [READ FULL STORY]
February 13, 2014 Hannah Smith case: MPs call for action on cyberbullying after ANOTHER teenager dies ‘following abuse on ask.fm website’ By Don Mackay, Mirror.co.uk
A heartbroken 14-year-old girl leapt to her death in Italy after being attacked by cyber-bullies on Ask.fm.
The teenager had gone on the same chat site and poured heart out after breaking up with her boyfriend.
But instead of sympathy the un-named youngster faced an avalanche of abuse by trolls telling her “Kill yourself”, “Nobody wants you” and “You are not normal”.
The vile attacks on the teenager in a northern Italian town echoes that of British youngster Hannah Smith, also 14, was found hanged in her bedroom in the family home in Lutterowrth, Leics., in August last year. [READ FULL STORY]
February 10, 2014 ‘This is torture,’ says mother of girl exposed to hurtful, vulgar cyberbullying comments By Leanne Smith, MichiganLive.com
JACKSON, MI – It started with the kinds of spats that Tara Bentley said she knows a lot of kids have.
Worry crept in, she said, when the spats involving her daughter Cora, then a sixth-grader, progressed to verbal threats.
And when vulgar comments started coming in emails and showing up on Facebook pages, Bentley said she knew not only Cora, but her whole family, was a victim of cyberbullying.
“They called Cora ugly and fat and said if they were her, they’d kill themselves,” said Bentley, who lives in Jackson. “This is not normal being picked on. This is not schoolyard bullying. This is torture.”[READ FULL STORY]
February 10, 2014 Cyberbullying hurting more kids, especially middle schoolers, officials say By Leanne Smith, MichiganLive.com
JACKSON, MI – Back in the day, a bully was a kid who tripped you in the hall, stuffed you in a locker or threatened you out of your lunch money.
Today’s bully uses a computer, a smartphone or a tablet, Jackson County school officials say. And their offenses can be more emotionally devastating and highly visible on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Cyberbullying is bullying that uses cell phones or the Internet to send or post harassing and reputation-damaging information, according to the national Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. It is not a one-time thing, but a repeated intentional act.[READ FULL STORY]
Use PC Pandora to find out if your child is creating fake sex site profiles about their peers and trying to destroy a life…
February 7, 2014 S.C. teen finds fake sex site profile after classmate contacts her for sex: report It was while the 17-year-old Greenville teen was sitting in her math class that she says she received a text message from a boy she barely knew. He said he saw her profile and was interested in meeting up for sex. By Nina Golgowski, New York Daily News
She was hoping it’d finally get better, when it started all over again.
A South Carolina teen who says she transferred schools after enduring months of cyberbullying now says she was approached by a classmate asking for sex after he found a fake profile for her on a sex site.
“I kept on getting so emotional that I just had to leave in the middle of class because I just couldn’t handle it,” the teen who only wanted to be identified as Monica told WSPA-TV.
It was while the Greenville teen was sitting in her math class that she says she received a text message from a boy she barely knew.[READ FULL STORY]
A woman in the UK set up fake Facebook accounts to troll herself and now has to spend time in prison…
February 5, 2014 Woman jailed for trolling HERSELF: 24-year-old bombarded her own Facebook page with fake abuse in a bid to incriminate her estranged family By Daily Mail Reporter
Michelle Chapman hatched bizarre plot after argument with father
She sent vile messages on Facebook – known as trolling – using fake accounts set up in her family’s names
Police arrested her stepmother before her actions were unveiled
A woman has become the first person in Britain to be jailed for trolling herself – after bombarding her own Facebook page with abuse.
Michelle Chapman, 24, launched her bizarre online campaign after falling out with her father and new stepmother, a court heard.
She created bogus Facebook accounts for the couple and other family members and sent herself hundreds of vile sexual taunts.
Deception: Michelle Chapman set up fake Facebook accounts in her family’s name and sent explicit sexual abuse to herself in a bid to frame them
Chapman then reported the abuse to police – claiming she had been trolled – to frame them.
Officers arrested her stepmother and issued warnings to her father and other bewildered relatives.
Chapman’s year-long vendetta was only rumbled when internet experts established the offending Facebook accounts had been set up using the computer at her home in Par, Cornwall.
Details of her plot were revealed at Truro Crown Court in Cornwall, where Chapman was jailed for 20 months. At an earlier hearing, she admitted carrying out actions tending or intended to pervert the course of justice by sending herself degrading emails between February 2011 and March 2012. [READ FULL STORY]
… and a wife found out her husband went to Africa and married a teenager!
February 10, 2014 Wife Finds Out Husband Married Teenager On Facebook By Desire T
British resident Nicolette Watkinson was surfing the web when she found out her husband married a teenager in Africa.
According to the Daily Mail, Stephen Smith, 52, married Awa Jobarteh, 19, in Gambia, Africa. Not only was he still married to his wife, but it was the same place they tied the knot 7 years ago. The two were at a rocky point in their marriage when she decided that they should get a divorce. It was then that Smith disappeared and left her mortgage payments adding up to $160,000, which is $260,000 in US dollars. [READ FULL STORY]
February 5, 2014 Teen found guilty in county’s first cyber-bullying jury trial By Michael D. Abernethy, Times-News
GRAHAM — A jury deliberated 45 minutes Wednesday before finding a teenager guilty of cyber-bullying.
Robert Bishop, 18, of Walking Stick Lane, Liberty, was placed on 48 months’ probation and ordered not to be on Facebook or other social networking sites for a year.
Bishop and a group of Southern Alamance High School students contributed to a string of hurtful and derogatory Facebook posts about a classmate in late 2011 and early 2012, evidence in the trial showed.
One of the teens posted manipulated photos of Dillion Price and screenshots of text messages between him and Price to the social networking site. Bishop was one of a number of teenagers who commented on the photos.
Superior Court Judge Wayne Abernathy issued a 30-day suspended sentence, and placed Bishop on four years’ probation, during which time he must pay $2,100 in attorney fees and additional court costs. Abernathy ordered Bishop not to have any contact with Price or his family and not to use social media. If he is compliant after 12 months, Bishop can be transferred to unsupervised probation. [READ FULL STORY]
PC Pandora will let you know who your kids are talking to online and who is trying to talk to them… in the past week, a convicted sex offender was at it again with a 14 year old girl he met online and 22 guys were arrested in a predator sting op down in Florida…
February 7, 2014 Convicted violent sex offender charged in sex assault of girl, 14 Police believe there may be other victims; suggest parents educate children on dangers of Internet Sexual assault arrest By Tamara Shephard, Inside Toronto
A convicted sex offender faces new charges of sexual assault, child pornography and extortion after Toronto police arrested him Tuesday, less than two years after his release from prison for a brutal beating and “vicious” sex assault in 1997.
Hassan Steven Jarrar, 41, allegedly lured a 14-year-old girl over the Internet between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2, Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins of the Sex Crimes Unit said at a news conference on Friday morning.
Jarrar convinced the girl to meet him in person, then allegedly sexually assaulted her on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 in a motel near The Queensway and Royal York Road, she said.
Jarrar was arrested on Feb. 4 and charged with: sexual assault, sexual interference, extortion, access child pornography, possess child pornography, make child pornography and luring a child. He was also charged with three counts of failing to comply with the midnight to 6 a.m. curfew conditions of his release from prison. [READ FULL STORY]
February 12, 2014 22 arrested in sexual predator sting Millard Ives, Daily Commercial
Carrying a Happy Meal and condoms, a strip club employee came to a Clermont home in hopes of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, authorities say.
Instead, Alexander Vorobets, a 27-year-old valet attendant at Rachel’s in Orlando, got a special Valentine’s Day surprise when he approached the house and was greeted by law enforcement.
Vorobets was among 22 suspects arrested in a week-long, multi-agency sting called “Be Mine,” that ended Sunday and targeted child sexual predators, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, which led the operation. “You wish nobody would show up … but quite honestly, there’s bad guys out there and that’s what we’re here for,” Sheriff Gary Borders said during a press conference Wednesday. [READ FULL STORY]
February 5, 2014 Private school parody Twitter accounts promote cyber-bullying By Michael Brannon, FOX10
On Wednesday, FOX10 News discovered three parody Twitter accounts targeting students, teachers, and other schools.
The bullies in the latest accounts targeted some students at Mobile Christian School, Cottage Hill Christian Academy, and St. Luke’s Episcopal School. The accounts, which seem to stem from within the respective schools, appear to be run by students. FOX10 News alerted each of the schools about the accounts Wednesday morning. By the end of the day, one was shut down.
“We are in favor of friendly rivalries, but we strive to teach our students not to cross that line from rivalry to personal attacks or any type of bullying,” said Tim Anderson, principal at Cottage Hill Christian Academy. “We’ve reviewed the entire account. Mr. McMillian [the head of school] and I, together have done that. Any action would be on an individual basis. Parents and students have brought to our attention things that were not proper on the internet and we try and address it on an individual basis.”
Anderson is a Marine Corps vet. He said between his time in the service and his time in education, it is important to have guidance from parents especially when it comes to social media.
“The first thing I would say is that it’s just critical that the parents are aware of what their children are saying. Because if they are not, then the students have license. And that’s where the trouble begins when they’re unsupervised. That’s the first and most important thing that the parents know what the child is sending out electronically,” said Anderson.
A 17-year old in Washington state was arrested for threatening students and faculty at his high school. Use PC Pandora monitoring software to find out if your kids are cyberbullying others…
February 5, 2014 Arrest made in high school cyber-bullying threats By Pam Stevens, Lake Stevens Journal
School district, police work together to keep students safe…
Dozens of students attending Granite Falls High School received threats through a website called Ask.fm beginning mid-December.
On Friday, January 17, Granite Falls police arrested a 17-year-old male student from Granite Falls High School.
“Following a month-long series of online threats made against students and staff at the high school… the male, who is a student at the High School, was taken into custody after a search warrant was issued at the 200 block of S. Indiana Ave. He confessed to making the series of violent threats against specific students, the High School student body and school staff since December 15, 2013,” police said in a statement.
The student was booked into Denney Juvenile Justice Center for cyberstalking and felony harassment.[READ FULL STORY]
In Austria, a prisoner growing weed took a selfie and got himself in trouble…
January 24, 2014 Prisoner rats himself out with Facebook selfie of cell-grown cannabis By Lisa Vaas, Naked Security
A Polish prisoner has taken one of the most head-desk-bang-bang selfies ever: a picture of himself, taken on a contraband mobile phone smuggled into the prison, showing a lush, equally contraband and definitely illegal cannabis plant he grew from seed in his cell.
According to Metro, Marcin Zendarski used the illegal smartphone to keep in touch with friends, watch TV shows and browse the web from an Austrian jail.
He also smuggled in cannabis seeds and secretly grew a plant in his cell, in Garsten jail, Upper Austria. [READ FULL STORY]
I do not care if you like Obama or not. It doesn’t matter. What matter is when you are a government official, he is your boss. Going on a racist rant against your boss is not advised. This isn’t a ‘free speech’ issue, this is an ‘undesirable employee’ issue.
January 28, 2014 Racist Facebook rant on Obama gets cop suspended By Tina Susman, LA Times
“Go die in a shallow grave you Muslim commie,” read the Facebook comment, which was directed at President Obama and posted by someone calling himself Coon Trapper.
But officials in the Village of Pleasantville, N.Y., say Coon Trapper was Officer Peter Burns, a veteran cop whose blurb was enough to get him suspended but not fired by the village’s Board of Trustees.
At its regular meeting Monday night, the Village Board said Burns could keep his job — which the Journal News of Westchester County says pays him more than $98,000 a year — despite using a racist slur on top of the “Muslim commie” comment to describe Obama.
Under a resolution approved by the Village Board, Burns will be suspended without pay or benefits for 60 days, forfeit 25 days’ vacation and be required to attend a training program on diversity and sensitivity. Burns also must accept a two-year “last chance” agreement that amounts to a probationary period. [READ FULL STORY]
Note to prospective murderers: don’t post your intentions on Facebook before you commit the crime. It won’t help in court.
January 29, 2014 Facebook threat murderer Ewan Dow jailed for life BBC
A man who posted on Facebook that he intended to kill someone before stabbing a man 171 times in a Fife park has been jailed for life for murder.
Ewan Dow, 25, attacked 21-year-old Daniel Turner with “determined brutality” in Riverside Park in Glenrothes on 18 October last year.
He had earlier sent a Facebook message in which he warned of the killing.
Dow, who pleaded guilty to murder, will have to serve 18-and-a-half years before he is eligible for parole.
The court had earlier been told that Dow and his victim knew each other, but were not friends. [READ FULL STORY]
A cyberbully on Instagram is targeting high school students in Louisiana… Use PC Pandora monitoring software to find out if your child is a cyberbully!
January 31, 2014 Authorities investigating explicit Instagram accounts By Michael Cooper, KPLC
LAFAYETTE, LA – KATC in Lafayette reports that state police are investigating several Instagram accounts over accusations of cyberbullying and possible distribution of child pornography.
The accounts, which are no longer active, began popping up all over the state on Wednesday.
KATC said some of the images posted on the accounts were explicit and, in some cases, tagged other users.
The accounts gained thousands of followers and, whoever created them, threatened to expose an unknown number of teens. One of those teens is Lafayette High’s Colette Bernard. She took to another online platform to let the rest of the world know to stop giving these bullies power.
“It’s stupid. It’s just someone that doesn’t have a life and they want to hurt people that do,” Bernard said. “Social media has expanded to the point it’s dangerous. It’s like no one is safe. It’s like you take one picture and there’s 1,000 of them.”[READ FULL STORY]
We seem to finally be getting to the point where people regularly get punished for threatening others online (or electronically, rather). Use PC Pandora monitoring software to make sure your kids are not headed down this path…
January 28, 2014 Bail set at $500K for accused cyberbully By Teri Figueroa, U-T San Diego
VISTA — An 18-year-old Oceanside man who authorities said sent threatening electronic messages following a double homicide at Libby Lake Park pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge that he messaged a death threat to an El Camino High School student in December.
Samuel Ruiz was arrested last week at MiraCosta College, where he was taking a class, after Oceanside police detectives said they linked him to the death threat as well as threatening messages sent to several students at the high school shortly after a deadly ambush at the Oceanside park in March.
Ruiz posted $50,000 bail and was released from jail after his arrest. During his arraignment in Vista Superior Court, his bail was raised to $500,000 by Judge Marshall Hockett, and the defendant was taken into custody.
He faces two charges, including making a criminal threat in the December message in which the recipient was told, in part: “187 wen you return from winter break…”[READ FULL STORY]
Great story reveals results of a study that tells why parents disapprove of their child’s image being shared on Facebook; use PC Pandora monitoring software to know what your kids are posting about themselves online!
February 3, 2014 Facebook study: Why parents say ‘no’ to kid pics online As Facebook celebrates its 10th anniversary, Pew releases study results showing parents disapproval of their child’s image being shared on the site without their consent. By Lisa Suhay, The Christian Science Monitor
Facebook turns 10 tomorrow and parents tell the Pew Research Center they are not very happy about how the dominant social networking platform plays with their kids when it comes to image and video sharing features.
According to the Pew study, parents dislike when images and videos of their children are shared on Facebook by others without their permission.
“Parents are especially protective of images of their children, as 57% of Facebook users with children under the age of 18 say that people posting pictures of their children without asking permission first is something they strongly dislike about using Facebook,” according to the study.
Facebook is the dominant social networking platform, used by 57% of all adults and 73% of all those ages 12-17. [READ FULL STORY]