After quite a bit of a hiatus from this regular Friday column, we are back with a large handful of stories from November that illustrate the importance of knowing what your kids are doing online. You want to be able to protect them and you should learn from and use stories like this to show them what NOT to do on social media sites like Facebook. You can use PC Pandora monitoring software to know what your kids are doing on Facebook, so you can have a better shot at preventing an epic fail… like the following…
A 17-year-old in Canada is facing charges of ‘sextortion’ over Facebook…
November 15, 2013
Halifax teen charged with extortion over Facebook photo threats
Girl’s private pictures posted after she refused to send naked photos
A Halifax teen has been charged with extortion after someone using fictitious Facebook accounts demanded a 16-year-old girl send him naked pictures of herself.
The 17-year-old male threatened to post private pictures of the girl he had in his possession if she refused. When she did refuse, he followed through by sending photos to others on Facebook, Const. Pierre Bourdages of Halifax Regional Police said Friday.
After the girl contacted police in November 2012, investigators discovered a series of Facebook accounts were being used to contact her. Some requests for search warrants went through the U.S., where Facebook is based. [READ FULL STORY]
This is just an overall good story on how stupid Facebook posts and photos can cost you custody of your kids in a court battle…
So, this happened, tragically…
November 19, 2013
Colorado man posts Facebook photo with daughter moments before killing her: cops
Merrick McKoy allegedly shot and killed 19-month-old Mia McKoy-Phanthavongsa. He wrote on Facebook moments before her death that his relationship with the girl’s mother was the motive. The chilling message: ‘I told u I can’t live without u lol u thought I was joking now me n Mia out this b—-.’
By Irving Dejohn And Nancy Dillon, New York Daily News
Moments after posting a photo of his beautiful baby daughter online, a disturbed dad made good on a Facebook threat and killed the toddler with a bullet to her head.
The chilling crime unfolded on social media after the little girl’s mom awoke Monday morning to her estranged baby daddy standing over her bed with a handgun, police in Colorado told the Daily News Tuesday.
Merrick McKoy posted about his motives and intentions just moments before killing his daughter.
The mom fought with her jealous ex-beau and fled to a neighboring apartment where she desperately called 911, cops said.
When police arrived on scene, an officer entered to find Merrick McKoy and little Mia with gunshot wounds, police said. [READ FULL STORY]
And then a week later the guy died… Scumbag took the life of an innocent child, for nothing, then took the easy way out… but making sure to post on Facebook first…
November 26, 2013
Colorado man who posted chilling photo of daughter on Facebook moments before shooting her has died: reports
Merrick McKoy died of his injuries three days after shooting daughter Mia Phantahovngsa-McKoy on Nov. 18, it’s been revealed. McKoy wrote on his Facebook just before the shooting, ‘I told u I can’t live without u lol u thought I was joking now me n Mia out this b—h.’
By Irving Dejohn, New York Daily News
The Colorado creep who posted a photo of his daughter on Facebook moments before killing her and shooting himself last week has died, officials said.
Merrick McKoy, who shot his 19-month-old daughter Mia Phantahovngsa-McKoy, died on Thursday, the Adams County Coroner’s Office announced Monday without releasing any known cause.
The deranged dad had been listed in critical condition since the shooting on Nov. 18, but his monstrous murder-suicide plan was consummated with his death. [READ FULL STORY]
This just shows:
- How low people can go these days
- Another great reason why your baby does not deserve to have their photos ANYWHERE online!
November 20, 2013
Moms on Facebook bully baby girl’s appearance
By David Williams, WJXX-TV, Jacksonville FL
WAYCROSS, GA. — Some are calling them “mean moms.” They are mothers making fun of other people’s children on social media.
First Coast News spoke to a local woman who said her “miracle baby” was part of some of some attacks.
Jade Jacobs said her 9-month old daughter, Journey, is her family’s blessing.
“We lost a daughter 2 years ago that was 3 months old,” Jacobs said. “So, this baby that God gifted us with is absolutely perfect and adorable in every single way.”
Jade said she was hurt to learn that a photo of her baby appeared to be on the Facebook page of a woman selling baby clothing.
Jade told FCN the woman was a Facebook friend from whom she bought a dress for her daughter.
Jade said women on the page, whom she believes are mothers, mocked and ridiculed not only her daughter, but also other children. [READ FULL STORY]
Facebook FAIL because Instagram is owned by Facebook now…
And here’s another reason why your teens need to seriously exercise strict caution when deciding which photos to put online – a.k.a. share with the world!
Some people haven’t quite gotten the memo yet that stuff like this is serious and will be investigated…
November 23, 2013
Police say NY teen made bomb threats on Facebook
PORT EWEN, N.Y. — Police say a teenager from New York’s Hudson Valley has been arrested for making bomb threats through a hacked Facebook account.
The Times Herald-Record reports (http://bit.ly/18fullM ) that 19-year-old Skyler Eby of Port Ewen was being held without bail following his arrest Friday.
State police say the charges resulted from an investigation that began Nov. 12 after two targets received bomb threats through a Facebook account.
Eby is accused of hacking into another person’s Facebook account and posing as that person when making the threats. [READ FULL STORY]
This story reads like a sitcom. At the end of the day, someone is now in trouble for basically blowing an undercover police op…
November 28, 2013
Police: Facebook post disrupted drug investigation
By Chike Erokwu, News-Messenger
FREMONT — A local man was charged with obstructing official business in relation to a post he made on Facebook that police said disrupted an investigation.
While conducting an undercover drug investigation at Ross Park Apartments at 11:25 p.m. Nov. 20, a Fremont police officer observed a woman leave a suspected drug dealer’s building within less than a minute.
Police followed the woman for awhile then confronted her as she got out of her vehicle. The woman told police she purchased a bag of marijuana for $15 at the residence because she had a stressful day at work and wanted to calm down.
An officer confiscated the marijuana and placed it into evidence.
The woman told police she would be willing to work as a confidential informant in the investigation, but called back later and changed her mind after consulting with her boyfriend.
Shortly after the woman made contact with police, her boyfriend — a 32-year-old Fremont man — called the station and told police that he was upset an officer confiscated the marijuana as it ruined his plans for smoking marijuana that evening. [READ FULL STORY]
This is just ridiculous and another level lower in the ‘bottom of the barrel’… hope they catch the person behind it!
This story definitely made me laugh. I mean, how did you NOT know this was a scam?? Make sure your kids know not to fall for this type of stuff on Facebook…
A student charged with pushing a classmate to suicide, took a plea deal to stay out of jail and is now a free man… while an innocent girl is still dead. I wish there was more justice served…
And the family reacts…