A second try at cyberbully law in New York

July 24th, 2014

On the heels of the current cyberbully law being deemed unconstitutional, Albany is not giving up; they are changing the law to fit constitutional requirements. Of course, at home, parents can use PC Pandora monitoring software to make sure their child is not a cyberbully…

July 15, 2014
A second try at cyberbully law
By Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, the Times-Union

County lawmakers have drafted a narrower version of the cyberbullying law struck down by the state’s highest court this month.

But the new version has yet to be vetted by County Attorney Thomas Marcelle, whose office was charged with defending the flawed 2010 law that the Court of Appeals ruled violated the First Amendment protection of free speech by reaching “far beyond the cyberbullying of children.”

The court’s chief gripes with the measure, which is intended to protect children from online bullying, were that it was written in a way that applied to both children and adults and so broadly defined the crime that it covered “every conceivable form of electronic communication” — not just those online.

The new version, introduced Monday night — two weeks after the court’s July 1 decision — seeks to address those problems, said Guilderland Democrat Bryan Clenahan, the primary sponsor.

The text now explicitly applies only to bullying targeted at minors.

It defines the crime as “any act of communicating or causing a communication to be sent by electronic means, including posting statements on the Internet or through a computer or email network, with the intent to inflict emotional harm on a minor; (1) sexually explicit photographs; (2) private or personal sexual information; or (3) false sexual information with no legitimate public, personal or private purpose.”

“That’s basically what the Court of Appeals said had to happen,” said Clenahan, who is an attorney and works in the state Legislature. “If I read the decision right, this is pretty much what they were telling us would be acceptable.” [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #281

July 23rd, 2014

Here are several more reasons to use PC Pandora monitoring software to know who is trying to talk to your kids online!!

This story comes from the UK and is about 2 internet predators caught by a couple of 20-somethings acting as vigilante predator police…

July 17, 2014
Oldham ‘paedo-hunters’ ensnare pair of vile online predators in web sting by posing as 13-year-old girl
By Louise Hill & Hannah Marshall, mancunianmatters.co.uk

Two paedophiles ensnared in an undercover sting by a couple posing as a 13-year-old girl were deemed ‘every parents’ worst nightmare’ today.

Self-styled ‘paedo-hunters’ Steven Walker and Samantha Roberts, from Oldham, set up fake profiles on ‘Teen Chat’ in their efforts to expose online paedophile activity.

Samantha, 20, was abducted and raped herself in October 2006.

Along with boyfriend Steven Walker, 24, she now works to prevent other young girls suffering the same fate.

Using cover names ‘Chloe12UK’ and ‘Aleshia13’, the pair caught out Lee Barton, 47, and Daniel Bates, 36, after they tried to engage the ‘girl’ in sexual activity via webcam. [READ FULL STORY]

A 23-year-old tried to lure an 11-year-old online. When dad got involved, he threatened the young man and went to the police… turns out, the young man had been talking to a LOT of girls on Facebook between the ages of 11 and 17…

July 20, 2014
Police: Man used Facebook to arrange sex with girls
By Stephen Herzog, News-Leader

Prosecutors say a Springfield man “systematically preyed on underage girls,” using social media to arrange sexual encounters.

Tyler Nelson Coons, 23, was charged earlier this month with 10 different sex crimes involving young girls.

The charges were filed after multiple police investigations. According to a search warrant affidavit filed last month, Coons “has been listed as a suspect or person of interest in several Springfield Police Department cases involving inappropriate acts or conversations with juveniles.”

Police say they received a report last month from a man who said Coons was sending his 11-year-old daughter inappropriate messages on Facebook. Coons reportedly told the girl he was 14.

The father told police he logged onto his daughter’s Facebook account, and acting as his daughter, sent messages to Coons to meet at an elementary school playground.

When the father met Coons, Coons said he was a man named Frank and that he was 19. The man told Coons not to have any more contact with his daughter.

The daughter later reportedly said during a forensic interview that Coons had sent her messages including “inappropriate things about sex that really grossed me out.” [READ FULL STORY]

A couple from Michigan met a man on Craigslist (it is presumed for sex) and the Craigslist guy killed the couple, and their unborn child (she was 8 months pregnant)…

July 19, 2014
Michigan triple homicide, suicide timeline: 7 key moments from the investigation
By Angie Jackson, mlive.com

WYOMING, MI — In a span of under 36 hours, a police investigation into a homicide in a Wyoming city park turned to the discovery of the victim’s slain pregnant girlfriend and a suspect who took his own life.

Charles Oppenneer, 25, of Grand Rapids was found dead Wednesday in Gezon Park. His girlfriend of one year, 18-year-old Brooke Slocum, who was 8 months pregnant with his child, was believed to be missing.

The Grand Rapids woman and her unborn child were later found dead.

Police say Brady Oestrike, a 31-year-old Wyoming man the couple connected with on Craigslist, is responsible for the triple homicide. Oestrike committed suicide. [READ FULL STORY]
More on this horrible story: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/07/craigslist_murders_maternal_fa.html

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office has arrested their 200th internet predator…

July 21, 2014
200th arrest made by attorney general’s Child Predator Section
From WPXI.com

HARRISBURG — On Monday, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced the arrest of more than 200 Internet predators since taking office in January 2013, including recent arrests in Armstrong, Berks, Montgomery and Venango counties.

In the past two weeks, the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section has arrested 13 men.

In 2013, Kane used an increase in budget appropriations to [increased efforts and expand their unit. The results] are evident in the 200 arrests that have been made over the past 18 months in Pennsylvania.

The arrests have included men who share and download child pornography, men who travel to meet who they believe to be children for sex and men who transmit images of themselves engaged in sexually graphic acts.

“Children have been rescued from sexual abuse, repeat offenders have been arrested and sexual predators looking to lure or exploit children have been put behind bars,” Kane said. [READ FULL STORY]

Half of parents think their kids may be cyberbullying

July 22nd, 2014

I have been saying for years that there are more cyberbullies than you think out there… maybe parents are starting to wise up and realize their child has a better chance of being a bully rather than a victim…

Use PC Pandora monitoring software to know if your child is a cyberbully.

July 215, 2014
Half of parents think their kids may be cyberbullying: survey

A survey shows half of parents asked believe their kids could be cyberbullying others, and more than 80 per cent believe that if their child were being bullied online, they would tell them. Brad Fisher of Primus Canada – which commissioned the study – joins us this morning…

Stalker in the Attic

July 21st, 2014

I thought I was reading a script to a movie.

This stuff literally happens…

You can use PC Pandora monitoring software to keep an eye on who your kids are talking to… but this is a bit much…

July 13, 2014
Stalker in the Attic: The Cyberbully Who Spies on 12-Year-Old Girls in Their Home
By Patrick Michels, Mashable Spotlight

This piece is part of Mashable Spotlight, which presents in-depth looks at the people, concepts and issues shaping our digital world.

On a Monday afternoon in late March, 12-year-old best friends Melody Coffey and Julia Young sat in Melody’s room, mulling the latest message from their tormentor:

wanna play a game ?

The girls recognized the sender’s Instagram account as belonging to a girl we’ll call Danielle. She and Julia were friends briefly earlier in the year. Since their falling out with Danielle, Melody and Julia had been receiving disturbing threats from her social media accounts.

Let’s switch passwords

The oddly punctuated messages had grown more sinister, more perverse. Though Danielle denied they were from her — she suggested her accounts were hacked — the evidence was not in her favor. The attacks referenced the girls’ families and their friends from school and even now, above the latest message, was a selfie of Danielle, phone held up to the mirror.

I have a guy who takes photos of you guys . My mom helps me . Don’t think I’m weird though . Everyone does it . … I know you guys will like call the cops because you guys are insane , but thats what I find sexy about you guys .

In Melody’s room, avoiding yet another day of gossip at school, the girls considered their options. Sometimes, Melody said, it seemed Danielle could hear them talking, as if she were watching them. She’d even convinced her mom to climb up and check the attic once. It was empty.

Now Melody yelled for her mother to watch the new messages come in.

There is someone in you’re attic , he tells me everything .

The girls ran screaming from the room and hid under the kitchen counter. Could Danielle or her friend have heard them? Seen them? Julia replied from her phone with a test:

What r we wearing?

He’s says you’re not in melody’s room … So you have to go in There for him to see you’re shirts

The girls quietly walked back in. They circled the room, middle fingers raised to a camera they imagined hidden in the ceiling. The reply came before long:

Julia’s wearing a pink shirt and melody’s wearing a white shirt .. And don’t flip him off , it’s rude

Facebook FAIL Friday 174

July 18th, 2014

Here are a few more reasons to use PC Pandora monitoring software to make sure your child does not commit a Facebook FAIL

Don’t fall for scams on Facebook folks. NO ONE wins anything for real in this world. If you have been selected to win… the only thing you’ve won is a shot at being scammed.

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July 13, 2014
Victim: “Facebook lottery” scams woman out of hundreds of dollars
By Erica Anderson, Digital Journalist, WNCT/ CBS 9

Accepting a friend request could cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Here’s how it works, a person claiming to be a Facebook administrator sends you a friend request. Once you accept the request, the person send you message saying you won the Facebook lottery. The person will email you telling you to contact FedEx delivery online to claim you money; but, the catch is you have to pay $350 in shipping and processing fees to get access to the money.

One Pitt County woman says she was skeptical at first; but decided to still send the money after speaking with someone claiming to lawyer.

The woman says after losing hundreds of dollars she wants to warn others.

“Don’t befriend them, don’t friend them. Just ignore it, let it go. Like I said I feel like the whole thing was a scam,” said the Pitt County woman. [READ FULL STORY]

Is this a FAIL for the Facebook poster… or the Internet and humanity in general for thinking a Triceratops is alive and able to be hunted…

July 13, 2014
Satirical Facebook Post Sparks Outrage at Stephen Spielberg for Hunting Triceratops
Gannon Burgett, PetaPixel

There are times when you lose all hope in humankind. We may be the most intelligent of all creatures, but just because our brains are the most developed of any mammal doesn’t mean we all use them. Case in point is the viral hilarity surrounding the image above.

If you’re a movie nerd, you’ve probably already put two and two together to draw the conclusion that the above photograph is a BTS photo of noted director Steven Spielberg on the set of Jurassic Park with a Triceratops prop. Nothing out of the ordinary for a director to pose with a prop, right?

Normally, not, but with the help of a sarcastic post from Internet humorist Jay Branscomb and the crowd-sourced knee-jerk reactive nature of the Internet, it was a tragedy. [READ FULL STORY]

Kids stay silent about cyberbullies because they fear parents will take away the technology, researchers say

July 17th, 2014

I thought we were past this? What about the whole “oh, trust your kids and they will tell you everything…”??? well, folks, I’ve been saying THIS exactly thing for AGES… and it’s another reason you need to have your own precautions in place and use PC Pandora monitoring software to know if your kids are cyberbullying someone… or if they are a victim.

July 11, 2014
Kids stay silent about cyberbullies because they fear parents will take away the technology, researchers say
By Elaine O’connor, The Province

B.C. parents are naive in thinking their children will tell them if they’re being cyberbullied and may be waiting too long to discuss the issue, according to a new national survey.

The Protecting Canadian Families Online survey, released Wednesday, revealed children are under-reporting their involvement to their parents.

Nearly 90 per cent of parents surveyed in the Primus Telecommunications Canada study thought their children would tell them if they were cyberbullied, yet only eight per cent of youth do so.

“One of the reasons kids give is they are scared their parents will take the technology away,” said Jennifer Shapka, a UBC associate professor who’s been studying cyberbullying in B.C.

“But if they confiscate their cellphone, they’re taking away their social networks. When adults say, ‘Don’t go online,’ it’s essentially saying, ‘Don’t spend time with friends.’” [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #280

July 16th, 2014

A mom and her friends catch the daughter’s internet predator! NICE! Another reason you should be monitoring your child’s internet activity… and PC Pandora can do that for you.

July 12, 2014
Police: Women confront man in Facebook sting
The Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Dubuque police say a group of women confronted a man accused of trying to meet a 9-year-old girl for a sexual encounter.

Police say 22-year-old Lonnie E. Burns arrived at an apartment June 30 after communicating on Facebook with a person he thought was a young girl. Instead it was the girl’s mother.

The woman told police she pretended to be her daughter after noticing a private message between the girl and a man.

The Telegraph Herald reports the woman said she set up a time with the man to meet at an apartment, and Burns showed up. Police say the mother and two other women appeared. At least two physically assaulted Burns.

Burns faces a felony charge of enticing a minor. Court records do not list an attorney. [READ FULL STORY]

Police detective talks Internet safety for children

July 15th, 2014

It’s good to see these talks still happen on a regular basis around the country.

Use PC Pandora monitoring software to know if your child is talking to an online predator…

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July 10, 2014
Police detective talks Internet safety for children
By Alison Parker, WDBJ-TV channel 7

ROANOKE, Va. – Computers, tablets and some smartphones can be fun for kids and teens. But those devices can be dangerous if they’re not careful.

Detective Jason Moore with the Roanoke Police Department says the Internet offers the risk of predators and cyber bulling.

More says there are so many social networks that parents should keep track of these days: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Vine and other sites. [READ FULL STORY]

Internet predators target your children

July 14th, 2014

I thought this was just a well-written blog post, putting into perspective what it means when your kids are online sharing their life with, what is invariably, an audience made up of strangers.

Use PC Pandora monitoring software to know if your child is talking to an online predator…

July 9, 2014
Internet predators target your children
From Six Simple Rules blog

When I was a kid, I was told “Don’t talk to strangers, don’t take candy from strangers, don’t get into a car with a stranger.” When my kids were young, I told them similar things, plus I taught them to avoid the dangers from the nascent world of social media. Just a few years later and, as we all know, social media is omnipresent.

When I look at the Instagram accounts of people I know, if I see someone make a clever comment, but I don’t recognize that person’s user name, I sometimes click to see who they are. Once on their profile page, I might see their real name, or other clues. If they have an open account, I can see all of their posts. If they have a private account, I cannot.

The other day, I did that, and found myself on the profile page of a 15-year-old girl. Her account was not private and without even scrolling through her pictures, I was immediately able to see her (and friends) posed in bikinis. I looked up to the top of the profile page and saw her Instagram stats: she follows about 500 people, and is followed by about 2,600.

What that means is she follows the Instagram posts of about 500 people, many of whom she knows from school or summer camp, or through a degree or so of separation (friend of a friend, etc.) She may follow celebrities. And she may follow others she doesn’t know personally. [READ FULL STORY]

Facebook FAIL Friday 173

July 11th, 2014

Here are a few more reasons to use PC Pandora monitoring software to make sure your child does not commit a Facebook FAIL

Note to everyone: don’t take a photo of yourself surrounded by piles of cash and post it on the internet… you will be robbed.

June 25, 2014
Police: Facebook money shot lured robber
By Diane Turbyfill, Gaston Gazette

A Facebook post likely prompted a man to rob and shoot at a group of people in a Gastonia home.

Sherman Devante Shaquan Addison of Lawndale is accused of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Pictures of a man with a pile of cash gave Addison his target, according to investigators. A friend of a friend posted the images on Facebook, they said.

The armed robbery happened around 3 a.m. at a Scruggs Street home on June 17, according to one witness. [READ FULL STORY]

A 12-year-old girl shot and killed a bear (legally) in Canada… a photo story from a local paper was posted to facebook… and Facebook banned it. Is this a fail on their part?

July 7, 2014
Facebook bans photo and story about 12-year-old girl who shot a bear
By P.J. Reilly, LancasterOnline.com

Less than a week after a story went viral about Facebook banning a Texas Tech cheerleader’s African hunting photos, the social media giant did the same thing to a story on Lancasteronline.com’s page Sunday about a local, 12-year-old girl who shot a bear in Canada.

The post featured a photo of Centerville Middle School eighth-grader Emily Hohenwarter of Lancaster posing with the bear she shot in Quebec last month while hunting with her father, Chad.

It also included a link to the story about Emily’s adventure, which appeared on Lancasteronline.com’s website, and which ran on the Outdoors page of the Sunday News. [READ FULL STORY]

Bottom line, no matter how cute you think this is… posting a photo on Facebook of your child’s naked butt is not a good idea.

July 4, 2014
Facebook: Hickory mom not facing lifetime ban over daughter’s photo
By Chris Dyches, WBTV/ CBS 3

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) – Facebook officials are speaking out after a Hickory mom says could be banned for life from the social media site after she posted a photo of her young daughter that exposed her buttocks.

A Hickory mom says she’s in a fight with Facebook after she posted a photo of her daughter at the beach and the social media site removed it and temporarily banned her.

Jill White, a photographer from Hickory, told WBTV that she had recreated the famous “Coppertone Girl” pose with her two-year-old daughter and the photo was deemed “pornographic” by Facebook and she was threatened with a lifetime ban.

White says after the photo was reported to Facebook the first time, she was banned for 24 hours. After the ban, she censored the photo and reposted it onto Facebook.

That photo was reported as well and White said if Facebook deemed it inappropriate as well she could face a lifetime ban.

Facebook officials contacted WBTV after the story began circulating the internet and said White is not facing a lifetime ban. [READ FULL STORY]

This is just sheer stupidity… this girl is most likely going to jail, thanks to surveillance video, but her Facebook posts aren’t helping her case…

July 9, 0214
Call Girl Accused With Death of Google Exec Wrote Facebook Post About ‘Killing Sprees’
By Alyssa Newcomb, Digital Reporter, ABC News, Good Morning America

The murder suspect who police describe as a high-end prostitute wrote a post on Facebook about killing sprees in the days before her arrest.

Alix Tichelman wrote on June 28 that it was “really nice to talk with someone about killing sprees and murdering people in cold blood…and they love it too.”

“No judgement. Yay!” she wrote. “F*** all of that positivity bulls***. Take a look around you. Life is hard and then you die.”

Newly uncovered surveillance video shows a woman, who Santa Cruz police say is Tichelman, injecting heroin to Google executive Forrest Hayes and never trying to help or to call authorities when it was clear something had gone terribly wrong, Deputy Chief Steve Clark said.

According to her Facebook page, which has since been removed, Tichelman, 26, is from Atlanta and was planning to make a road trip home sometime in July. [READ FULL STORY]