Facebook FAIL Friday 191

December 5th, 2014

Here are a few more ways posts on Facebook can lead to bog ‘ol fails… use PC Pandora monitoring software to know what your kids are posting on social media…

November 24, 2014
Oregon cops post ‘I am Darren Wilson’ images on Facebook
Jeff Thompson, KGW-TV Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — The chief of Portland, Ore.’s police on Monday ordered three officers to remove”I am Darren Wilson” images from their Facebook pages.

The image in question refers to the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9. An “I am Darren Wilson” bracelet is shown wrapped around a Portland Police Bureau badge.

PPB Chief Michael Reese and Mayor Charlie Hales issued statements about the Facebook posts on Monday morning, just hours before a grand jury decision would likely be announced in the case. [READ FULL STORY]

November 18, 2014
Dog Fighting Arrest In Fresno After Facebook Post, Suspect Defends Actions
A man who Fresno police say posted a video of a deadly dog fight helped them make a solid case against him. We want to warn you, some viewers may find this video disturbing.
By Sontaya Rose, ABC 30

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A man who Fresno police say posted a video of a deadly dog fight helped them make a solid case against him. We want to warn you, some viewers may find this video disturbing.

William Weir was arrested after police say he posted a Facebook video showing his pit bulls attacking and killing a puppy, while he instigated the mauling.

Police say it’s William Weir heard in the video encouraging this vicious fight. Investigators are trying to figure out how long these dog fights have been going on and whether Weir was dumping the evidence nearby.

William Weir was cooperative Tuesday when he parted ways with the dogs Fresno police say he motivated to kill during the videotaped mauling of a small puppy in his front yard.

The recording begins with shrill cries of a puppy that end as the fight continues. Investigators say Weir’s claim the stray puppy was heading toward his frightened daughter is false. [READ FULL STORY]

November 29, 2014
Picking on the Obama Girls Isn’t Smart, Especially if You Work for a GOP Congressman
She Matters: Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, found out the hard way what happens when you go after Sasha and Malia.
By Demetria Lucas D’Oyley, theroot.com

Editor’s note: Elizabeth Lauten resigned on Monday.

Blame the alcohol in the eggnog, delirium from too much stuffing or simply bad judgment for causing Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), to flip out on Facebook over the first daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama.

After reading an article linked on Facebook from the conservative site Mad World News about how the Obama daughters “unleash[ed] their annoyance” at President Barack Obama’s annual (and hokey) pre-Thanksgiving tradition of pardoning turkeys, Lauten was incensed beyond reason.

Several outlets covered the turkey pardon, and many playfully chided Sasha and Malia for giving glimpses of teenage indifference during the press conference: They folded arms, rolled eyes and twiddled thumbs as their dad awkwardly fumbled his way though a not-so-funny speech (that invoked Ben Franklin) about sparing the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese. [READ FULL STORY]

November 16, 2014
Facebook pics led police to murder suspect, say police
A man wanted by police in connection with murder since 2003 is allegedly spotted by an officer on the Facebook pages of his family members and associates. None of his neighbors say they knew about his past.
By Chris Matyszczyk, CNET

The lure of Facebook is too great, even for those who know that it’s the last place they should be seen.

This modern truth allegedly lies at the core of an arrest made by police in Riverside, Calif. Eduardo Rodriguez, 35, was wanted since 2003 on homicide charges, but police had lost track of him.

However, as NBC Los Angeles reports, an injured LAPD officer recently thought he’d spend his time searching yet again for the fugitive.

His idea was to trawl the Facebook pages of Rodriguez’s family members, just to see if there might be a clue. What he allegedly found was that the man himself appeared on the Facebook pages of relatives and associates. [READ FULL STORY]

November 24, 2014
Police: New Mexico man posts photos of stolen guns on Facebook, which victim spotted
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he posted Facebook photos of stolen guns from an unsolved burglary.

KOB-TV reports (http://goo.gl/lYz9HD ) that Christopher Banegas recently was arrested and charged in connection with the September 2013 heist at an Albuquerque home.

Police say they lacked any leads until the victim recently saw pictures of his stolen guns on Banegas’ Facebook page. [READ FULL STORY]

November 30, 2014
Walking Dead’s Facebook Spoils Major Character Death For Mid-Season Finale

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD! The Walking Dead mid-season finale just finished airing on the East Coast and those who were able to watch live found out a major character died.

However, those on the West Coast who happened to follow the show’s official Facebook page and looked after the episode aired on the East Coast received quite the spoiler! The page updated with a photo of who died before the show could even air on the West Coast. [READ FULL STORY]

Teen computer engineer pleads guilty to fatally stabbing 14-year-old boy he met playing video games online in England

December 4th, 2014

This is horrifying on so many levels, and just so brutally sad. It’s another reason to know who your kids are talking to online… PC Pandora monitoring software can help.

November 26, 2014
Teen computer engineer pleads guilty to fatally stabbing 14-year-old boy he met playing video games online in England
Lewis Daynes, 19, confessed to stabbing Breck Bednar in the neck in Grays, Essex, in an attack that a prosecutor said had ‘a sexual, sadistic motivation.’
By Lee Moran, New York Daily News

A twisted predator killed the 14-year-old son of a Texas millionaire oil trader in England after they met playing video games online.

Computer engineer Lewis Daynes, 19, this week confessed to murdering Breck Bednar at a property in Grays, Essex, in February, reports the BBC.

The teen, who lived with his parents in Caterham in Surrey, told them he was going to a friend’s house for a sleepover.

But instead, he travelled to meet up with Daynes at his apartment.

There, he was fatally stabbed in the neck in a brutal attack that prosecutor Richard Whittam said “involved a sexual, sadistic motivation”.

Daynes initially denied murder, but changed his plea to guilty on Tuesday – the day he was due to stand trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Bednar’s mom Lorin LaFave said she was “heartbroken and lost” by her son’s death.

“He was murdered on my birthday this year and so much of me died as well. My poor triplets lost not only their adored big brother but also their mother,” she said. [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #297

December 3rd, 2014

Keep your kids safe from Internet predators in 2015 with PC Pandora monitoring software

November 19, 2014
3 men charged with rape of same 15-year-old girl
Robin Brown, The News Journal

Three men in their 20s have been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl they met through social media, New Castle County police said Wednesday night.

They were identified as Steven McAvaney, 22, of the first block of West Reybold Drive in the Village Brook Mobile Home Park in the Summit area north of Middletown; Paul Coco, 26, of the 100 block of Christiana Crossing off Del. 7 in Bear, and Sean Hargett, 22, of the 700 block of Second St. in Milford.

All have been arrested and charged with rape and other offenses, Sgt. Jacob Andrews said. Two also were charged with child pornography possession, for photographs they had of the victim, he said.

The investigation – in collaboration with the state Division of Family Services – began Oct. 16, Andrews said.

Investigators learned the girl had sexual intercourse with all three men at different times and locations throughout the county over the last year, he said.

Investigation revealed she met and communicated with the men through social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, www.meetme.com and KIK, Andrews said. [READ FULL STORY]

November 18, 2014
Internet Safety For Teens In Spotlight After Girl’s Alleged Kidnapping
Meghan McCorkell

PERRY HALL, Md. (WJZ) — Disturbing new details about the abduction of a Baltimore County girl. The man accused of kidnapping the 12-year-old is now facing federal charges as a search warrant reveals what led authorities to him.

Meghan McCorkell has the latest on the investigation.

Victor Arroyo was already charged with abduction and rape. Now the feds have charged him with transportation of a minor—which carries a minimum of 10 years behind bars.

In his first court appearance, 34-year-old Victor Arroyo told a judge he didn’t do anything but investigators say one week ago, he approached a 12-year-old girl as she walked to her Baltimore County middle school and forced her inside his car. They say he drive her to his home in North Carolina and sexually assaulted her. The two had allegedly been communicating online. [READ FULL STORY]

November 25, 2014
Man arrested after meeting girl on Facebook
From WISH-TV

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — A 28-year-old Bloomington man was arrested Monday after parents said they found him in bed with their 15-year-old daughter.

Indiana State Police officials said Joshua A. Wright, 28, met the girl on Facebook and climbed into her bedroom through a window. ISP officials said the two had sex before her parents discovered what was happening. [READ FULL STORY]

November 19, 2014
Missing Missouri teen found, Tampa man arrested
From WTSP

Tampa, Florida — A Missouri teenager who went missing earlier this month has been found in Tampa, and a man is being held in connection with his disappearance.

The 15-year-old boy was found safe at a Tampa residence on Tuesday morning. Mountain View Police Chief Jamie Perkins says the teen was transported for questioning by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and is awaiting arrangements for transportation back to Mountain View.

According to the Mountain View PD, the teen had developed an online relationship with 46-year-old Stephen Underwood and during the online communications, Underwood offered to allow the boy to live with him in Tampa.

Hillsborough deputies say that on Nov. 7, Underwood arrived in Missouri and picked up the 15-year-old without his parents’ consent and drove him back to his home in Tampa. His parents then reported him as a runaway. [READ FULL STORY]

November 19, 2014
Naperville man gets 10 years for child solicitation, child porn
By Clifford Ward, Chicago Tribune

A Naperville man who created a bogus identity on Facebook in an attempt to lure underage girls into sexual encounters has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, DuPage County prosecutors said Wednesday.

Eric Hakala, 38, pleaded guilty Tuesday to indecent solicitation of a child and one count of child pornography.

According to authorities, Hakala went on the social media site posing as a 15-year-old boy named Mike Evans and engaged in sexual conversations and sent explicit photographs to girls who were minors. Police also say they found more than 100 images of child pornography in his possession. [READ FULL STORY]

November 26, 2014
Operation Turkey Shoot helps capture alleged sexual predators
By Ashley Johnson, My Fox Houston

RICHMOND, Texas -A big warning to parents — is your child too absorbed in social media? The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office says its investigators just caught four men on various websites who could have been looking to lure your daughter.

It’s a three-day operation called Operation Turkey Shoot and we aren’t talking about Thanksgiving. Deputies posed as teen girls on social media sites.

FBCSO dash camera video shows one driver trying to evade law enforcement officers. Investigators say the man could have been on his way to meet your child.

“I think it’s one of the worst crimes you could ever commit when you are actively attempting to engage with children under 18 for sex,” Sheriff Troy Nehls says. That is exactly what this chase was all about — a predator targeting a child for sex. The man captured on the dash camera video thought he had been communicating with a girl around 13 years old, but he found out the hard way that it wasn’t her. [READ FULL STORY]

November 17, 2014
Police allege father, son sexually abused 14-year-old girl they met via social media app

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Experts are warning parents about what children could be doing on social media, especially when using apps that aren’t as popular as Facebook or Twitter.

Police in Skagit County allege a father and his son raped a 14-year-old girl after she met the son on an app that’s very popular among teens.

Investigators said Adam Kirkby, 21, met the child on an app called Whisper, and then introduced her to his 52-year-old father.

The abuse is alleged to have been going on for four months before the child’s parents found disturbing messages and photos on her phone. That’s when they called police.

“It’s heartbreaking to see that some young girl is being victimized,” said Larry Dargitz Sr.

Dargitz was shocked to learn that his neighbors allegedly sexually abused a girl just a couple of doors down from his Burlington home. [READ FULL STORY]

One in three children are victims of online abuse

December 1st, 2014

PC Pandora monitoring software will help reduce cyberbullying by exposing bullies operating at home in secret…

November 14, 2014
Cyber bullying: One in three children are victims of online abuse
Online bullying of schoolchildren more than doubles in a year
By Keith Kendrick, ParentDisk UK

Cyber bullying has more than doubled in a year and more than one in three children are now victims.

A survey of 11 to 17-year-olds found 35 per cent reported that they have experienced cyber bullying – compared with 16 per cent last year.

Four in 10 said they’d seen others being picked on online – almost double the 22 per cent recorded last year.

Internet security firm McAfee polled 2,000 UK children and 2,000 adults. It also found apps like SnapChat and dating app Tinder are now used by children – many aged 15 or under – on a daily basis.

Some 17 per cent of the teenagers polled admitted to using Tinder – a dating app which allows users to select a potential partner based on photos – every day, but almost half of those (46%) were under 16. [READ FULL STORY]

Happy Black Friday!

November 28th, 2014

Remember to put PC Pandora monitoring software on new computers before you give them to your kids this year!

Have a safe and happy holiday season from all of us here at Pandora Corp.!

Keep your kids safe in 2015!

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2014

Remember to put PC Pandora monitoring software on new computers before you give them to your kids this year!

Have a safe and happy holiday season from all of us here at Pandora Corp.!

Keep your kids safe in 2015!

Anonymous app Yik Yak stirs up cyber-bullying in schools

November 24th, 2014

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

November 13, 2014
Anonymous app Yik Yak stirs up cyber-bullying in schools
By Brad Klosner, Greenville Daily News

GREENVILLE — Like many other schools across the country, Greenville High School has felt the stinging effects of cyber-bullying.

And it has happened again.

Recently, a new form of cyber-bullying came to Greenville High School through a newer anonymous social media app dubbed Yik Yak.

“We’ve had social media stuff, like on Facebook, where people are posting nasty things,” said Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines. “This is far more aggressive. This is quick and unfiltered.”

Yik Yak is an app which allows users to post anonymous 200 character messages on a digital community board. What distinguishes it from other anonymous social media apps, such as Whisper, Secret and Rumr, is that users are connected within a very small geographical radius, usually about 1.5 miles. App subscribers also are connected to a limited amount of other users.

Although the site explicitly states the services are for subscribers who are “at least 18-years-old” (or 17 if they have their parent’s permission) and recommends “no one under college age” should join, high school students in Greenville and the greater nation have gained access to it. [READ FULL STORY]

Girl was videoed doing things ‘no parent would want to see on the Internet,’ Hopatcong cops say

November 20th, 2014

How would you feel if this was your daughter? Use PC Pandora monitoring software to make sure your child is not doing this so someone else…

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]

Another young life (in Canada) lost to Cyberbullying…

November 18th, 2014

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

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]

Is it ever OK for parents to cyber-spy on their kids?

November 17th, 2014

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]