November 12, 2014 Girl was videoed doing things ‘no parent would want to see on the Internet,’ Hopatcong cops say By Louis C. Hochman, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
HOPATCONG — A teen girl was recently video-recorded at a party doing something “no parent would want to see on the Internet,” prompting police involvement, Hopatcong police said.
Lt. Thomas Kmetz, the police department’s spokesperson, declined to say what the girl was recorded doing, saying he wanted to protect her privacy. But the video was posted online “for the world to see,” Kmetz said in a statement to media and a post to his department’s Facebook page.
The girl’s parents didn’t press charges against the person who posted the video, another juvenile, Kmetz said. They just wanted the video removed, and it has been, he said.
“They have six months if they want to change their minds,” he said.
But in comments to the Facebook post, the police department warned posting such a video “could be harassment” and said “If it is sexual it could be distribution and possession of child pornography.”[READ FULL STORY]
November 10, 2014 Behchoko boy, 14, takes his own life after bullying From CBC News
The funeral for 14-year-old Christian Migwi will be held this afternoon inBehchoko, N.W.T.
His mother, Jennifer Migwi, says he was a victim of relentless teasing and cyberbullying after moving to Edmonton three years ago with his family.
Christian took his life on Nov. 1, while his mother was at work.
“I miss him so much and I really wish he was in my arms, and I pray for him, and I want him to pray for us and everyone else to give us strength.”
Christian Migwi, 14, was the victim of relentless cyberbullying after moving to Edmonton, his mother says. (Facebook) Migwi said most of the bullying came from young people in the North, who teased her son on Facebook about moving to Edmonton. She said Christian would try to delete the posts before she would see them. She said her son’s new school was aware of the bullying and offered counselling. [READ FULL STORY]
Ummm… YES! and you can use PC Pandora monitoring software to help you. (p.s. if you are not fully aware what your kids are doing on those devices you give them and that connection you supply them with – you are, simply, a bad parent).
November 10, 2014 Is it ever OK for parents to cyber-spy on their kids? By Stephanie Thompson, NYPost
In the new Jason Reitman flick “Men, Women & Children,” a prying mom (Jennifer Garner) monitors every email and text message sent by her teenage daughter.
“You’ve read through every solitary interaction I’ve had on every single website, Mom,” says the indignant teen.
To which her mother responds, “Honey, you know I just do this to keep you safe. OK, let me see your phone.”
This might seem like a far-fetched scene, played up for laughs.
But in this particular case, art imitates real life.
Intense parental scrutiny of phones and other technology — which can include anything from knowing the exact location of a child at all times to having records of a child’s emails, texts and social media activity sent straight to a parent’s own phone — is on the rise. [READ FULL STORY]
For example, check this out – I can’t believe a teenage girl did all this. It is obviously upsetting but the drive of this girl to do this is shocking. This is both a Facebook FAIL and a Wacky Internet Wednesday story…
November 8, 2014 Canadian teen, 15, jailed for RUNNING prostitution ring which she set up by luring girls as young as 13 through Facebook and Twitter and suggesting sleepovers By Wills Robinson, Mailonline
A Canadian teenager who ran a ‘sophisticated’ prostitution ring when she was just 15 has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.
Kailey Oliver-Machado, now 18, would lure girls as young as 13 from the Walkley housing complex in Ottawa on Facebook and Twitter saying they would be paid to attend parties and sleepovers.
But the victims would actually be plied with drugs and made to pose for semi-naked photos that would be sent to johns.
They would then be confined in small rooms, forced to perform sex acts and were threatened with violence if they didn’t.
Some would even arrive at the houses with their teddy bears and pajamas, thinking they were just sleeping over with a friend.
When they were there they would be taken in a taxi to the john’s home where they would pay around $400 to have sex with them.
Oliver-Machado was found guilty of 27 charges at trial including human trafficking, sexual assault and making and possessing child pornography. [READ FULL STORY]
Don’t do illegal stuff and post it on Facebook!!
November 11, 2014 Facebook post leads to Nevada wildlife poaching bust Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette-Journal
RENO, Nev. — Posting cute photos of your pets on Facebook is a quick way to get some easy “likes” from friends and family. Posting photos of yourillegal wildlife killing exploits is a quick way to get a visit from game wardens.
That’s what several men in Nevada found out the hard way after Nevada Department of Wildlife authorities used a Facebook post featuring illegally killed deer to unravel a poaching ring. Besides the illegal killing of dozens of animals, authorities found the ring fraudulently obtained hunting licenses and illegally possessed rifles and shotguns — three of the men also are suspected of being in the United States illegally.
Game Warden Cameron Waithman said the investigation that led to state and federal charges against several men started in June 2013, with an ill-advised Facebook post showing three men with two dead deer near Hiko, Nev.
Waithman said investigators identified Jose Manuel Ortega-Torres, 30, of Lincoln County, Nev., as one of the people in the photo.
“We figured out basically where he lived and believed we had enough for a search warrant right there,” said Waithman. “That’s when I started looking at his Facebook page.”
During the search investigators found evidence of illegally killed deer, migratory birds, butchering tools, weapons and ammunition.[READ FULL STORY]
November 6th, 2014 Student Arrested After Social Media Threat From the Clermont Sun
A New Richmond High School student was arrested and suspended Oct. 29 after making a threat on social media, according to Enos Pennington, communications manager for New Richmond Exempted School District.
The student, who was not identified, posted a threat on the anonymous social media app Yik Yak.
The threat resulted in a search by New Richmond police, school administrators, and high school staff.
The search included all students entering the high school on Wednesday.
“The student was arrested by New Richmond Police Department and removed from the building,” Superintendent Adam Bird said.
Bird said the arrest was an example of the cooperation between the police department and high school staff.[READ FULL STORY]
Nov. 7, 2014 9 Investigates: Woman says daughter coerced into sending illicit pictures to man through phone app From WFTV
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A mother called Channel 9 following a report on smartphone apps and sexual predators to say she had discovered that her young daughter was communicating with about 20 men on the smartphone app Kik.
She said that one man threatened her daughter and coerced the girl into sending illicit pictures of herself to him. She said deputies told her they may never be able to track down those photos, because they don’t know who has received them and where they’ve gone from there.
Brandy Boone said she had no idea her daughter used Kik to communicate with strangers.
“I saw the promo, I looked at the phone and I saw the app Kik, and I thought, ‘If this is about the app Kik, I have to tell them that it really is dangerous and it is happening,’” Boone said.
Boone said she is speaking out to warn other parents of the nightmare she said Kik has caused her family.[READ FULL STORY]
November 7, 2014 Watauga Co. teen faces several child sex charges From WSOC-TV
WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. — Boone police charged Jesse Colton Grimes, 17, of Sugar Grove, with several felonious child sex abuse charges Thursday, according to a news release from the Police Department.
Grimes is accused of extortion via sexting and sending sexual explicit images by an electronic device involving a minor to a Boone Police Department school resource officer.
Boone police and Watauga County school system officials said Grimes targeted children as young as 12 years old.
Officials said an investigation into digital devices that has spanned across three states showed Grimes developed a predatory pattern of behavior, according to the news release.
He was charged with felonious first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, felonious second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, felonious third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and felonious extortion. [READ FULL STORY]
November 9, 2014 Man charged in pursuing teens on Facebook for sex
DUBUQUE, Iowa —A Dubuque man has been charged with six felony counts accusing him of trying to entice underage girls for sex.
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that 20-year-old Jacquille Williams was arrested Thursday night on a warrant charging him with six felony counts of entice a child. He appeared in court Friday morning and was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims.
Police say they interviewed several girls, ranging in age from 13 to 15, who said Williams asked them through messages on Facebook to have sex with him.[READ FULL STORY]
November 11, 2014 Police: Sex offender used Facebook to meet boy, 14 From WTAE-TV
ELIZABETH, PA —Police in western Pennsylvania say a registered sex offender used fake Facebook names to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex.
Joseph Rodney Thomas has been jailed in Allegheny County on charges including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and indecent assault.
Police say the 41-year-old from Greene County used the aliases “Austin Thompson” and “Jay Thompson” and promised the boy marijuana and alcohol in exchange for sex. [READ FULL STORY]
November 06, 2014 Warren Township HS Sexting Case Investigated Three freshman boys at Warren Township High School in Gurnee allegedly texted inappropriate photos of a fellow female student. By Eric Horng, WLS/ ABC 7
GURNEE, Ill. (WLS) — A sexting investigation is underway at a north suburban high school, and three students may be charged.
Three freshman boys at Warren Township High School in Gurnee allegedly texted inappropriate photos of a fellow female student. Police say they’re also investigating other kids.
“It’s really disgusting to say that I’m not surprised. From all that you see on the news, I think it’s really the parents’ obligation to educate their kids,” said Amy Bless, a Warren Township High School parent.
The alleged victim is a freshman girl at the high school’s O’Plaine campus. Her family contacted police after they say sexually-explicit photos of her were texted by fellow students.[READ FULL STORY]
November 5, 2014 Parents advised to set social media guidelines By Vincent Ball, Brantford Expositor
Parents should set boundaries, look for “teachable” moments and learn to roll with resistance as they talk to their teens about social media, says an expert.
“We often hear about parents driving their teen to soccer practice or even school and the teen mentions something that they saw in the newspaper or the teen had some other media moment – maybe it was something about cyberbullying,” Dr. Megan Moreno said Wednesday at a conference called Exposing the Bare Facts – Youth and the Sexualized World of Social Media.
“That’s an opportunity for the parent to start talking about cyberbullying with their teen. It’s a chance to engage them in a conversation and gain some insight into what’s happening – it’s a teachable moment.”
Moreno, an associate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle and a member of the social media and adolescent health research team at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, was the keynote speaker at the conference at the Best Western Brant Park Inn. It was organized by the Brant Youth Wellness Coalition, which includes representatives from various social service agencies in Brantford and Brant County, as well as people from law enforcement and health care. [READ FULL STORY]
For instance, if you are going to be a Nazi, go ahead and suit yourself… but maybe don’t post your opinions on Facebook when you are a coach of a kids sporting team.
November 5, 2014 Minor hockey coach fired for posting pro-Nazi content on Facebook Sean Fitz-Gerald, National Post
A minor hockey coach in British Columbia has been fired for posting pro-Nazi content on his Facebook page, conceding to one local reporter following his dismissal: “I get it, it’s a really touchy subject.”
Christopher Maximilian Sandau was formally relieved of his duties on Saturday, after the North Delta Minor Hockey Association discovered his online activities. He was coaching teams with players the age of middle school students.
“Hockey has been my life,” Sandau told The Surrey Now, a paper headquartered about an hour’s drive east of Vancouver. “My view on the history basically got me canned. A lot of people have no idea about the other side of the story.”
Don’t make threats on Facebook… you will be found.
November 07, 2014 Palmdale High School Placed On Lockdown After Facebook Threat; Arrest Made A 14-year-old boy was arrested Friday after he allegedly threatened to shoot up Palmdale High School on a Facebook post. By ABC7.com
PALMDALE, Calif. (KABC) — A 14-year-old boy was arrested Friday after he allegedly threatened to shoot up Palmdale High School on a Facebook post, prompting officials to place the school on precautionary lockdown twice.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department units responded to the scene in the 2000 block of East Avenue R around 8 a.m. after students came to class and reported seeing a post on Facebook, where someone threatened to shoot up the school.
The lockdown was lifted around 10:30 a.m. after authorities determined that the threat was not credible. However, sheriff’s officials said the school was placed on precautionary lockdown again after more messages of a non-specific threat started to circulate around.[READ FULL STORY]
This is just so disgusting on so many levels. She had to know she was going to get found out…
November 05, 2014 Murrieta Police: Woman Scammed Facebook Friends With Fake Cancer Diagnosis A Riverside County woman has been charged for allegedly scamming dozens of Facebook friends with a fake cancer diagnosis. By Leticia Juarez, KABC
MURRIETA, Calif. (KABC) — A Riverside County woman has been charged for allegedly scamming dozens of Facebook friends with a fake cancer diagnosis.
Cristina Lagman, 39, posted her story on her Facebook page, saying she was dying of terminal cancer and was facing financial hardship.
But Murrieta police call her story a fraud. Valerie Cortes of Murrieta and her fiance say they were duped; they contributed time and money to Lagman.
“Gift cards for dinners and movies and spa treatments to make the last of her days more comfortable and happier,” Cortes said.[READ FULL STORY]
November 5, 2014 KSU student uses stalking ordeal to inspire others By Wale Aliyu, WKYC
KENT, Ohio — Allyssa Griffiths was once a victim of cyber bullying and catfishing and is now filling up auditoriums at Kent State University, helping others make sure this doesn’t happen to them and letting them know that she’s taking control of her online identity.
“Because it wasn’t my name, and she wasn’t threatening my life I couldn’t take any legal action,” said Griffiths.
The Kent State senior wants students to learn from her traumatic dealings with an online predator. The person created a fake Facebook account, befriended Griffiths, stole her pictures and stalked her and her friends with it.[READ FULL STORY]