Related News: The Problem With Teens and Instagram

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Yahoo! Parenting published an article titled The Problem With Teens and Instagram.

Fran Walfish, PsyD, a Los Angles based child psychologist and author of The Self-Aware Parent, says parents should be wary of using age as a way to measure whether their kid is ready for a social media account. “First, the child needs to demonstrate that they’re responsible by respecting curfews, following bedtimes, and family rules and values,” Walfish tells Yahoo Parenting. “One son may be ready at 12-years-old, but his brother might not be ready till he’s 16. Independence needs to be earned, not given.”

Source: Yahoo! Parenting

Related News: Semmes man charged with having sex with 2 Baldwin County minor girls he met on Facebook

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. AL.com published an article titled Semmes man charged with having sex with 2 Baldwin County minor girls he met on Facebook.

A 23-year-old Semmes man who used Facebook to meet at least two Baldwin County teens now faces two counts of second-degree rape, according to police.

Ryan Joseph Gray was arrested Tuesday after officials at a Daphne school alerted police to improper material found on a 13-year-old student’s school-issued MacBook laptop, according to Cpl. Jason Vannoy.

Source: AL.com

Related News: Teen ‘like’ and ‘FOMO’ anxiety

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled Teen ‘like’ and ‘FOMO’ anxiety.

Ask any teen whether he or she suffers from social media anxiety, and the answer will probably be no.

That’s what happened when six teens and adolescents — five from New York and one from Los Angeles — got together recently for a unique weeklong workshop at the offices of SheKnows.com, a leading women’s lifestyle media platform.

The teens didn’t think that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, their go-to social networks, added much extra anxiety to their lives. But then the conversation turned to the importance of likes and the fear of missing out, also known by the acronym FOMO.

Source: CNN

Related News: Substitute teacher pleads not guilty to sex with 3 young Mobile teens

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. AL.com published an article titled Substitute teacher pleads not guilty to sex with 3 young Mobile teens.

The woman accused of sexually abusing three young boys while working as a substitute teacher for the Mobile County Public Schools System pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Kristina McMillan Kelly, 41, was not in court for the arraignment. Her attorney, Shane Taylor, entered the plea on her behalf.

Source: AL.com

Related News: Florida ‘bullying death’ charges dropped

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. BBC News published an article titled Florida ‘bullying death’ charges dropped.

Stalking charges have been dropped against two teenage girls in connection with the alleged bullying of another Florida girl who took her own life.

The two girls, aged 12 and 14, are said to have hounded Rebecca Sedwick online for a year.

A lawyer for the 12-year-old has demanded an apology from Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd for the arrest.

But Sheriff Judd said he did not have any regrets and that the girls will now receive “the services they need”.

“Our goal is that these kids never bully anyone again, never torment anyone again,” he said.
‘Troubled young girl’

The girls were arrested a month after Rebecca, 12, jumped to her death from a tower at an abandoned concrete plant on 9 September.

Source: BBC News

Related News: Prattville, Montgomery police see increase in ‘sexting’ among teenagers

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Montgomery Advertiser published an article titled Prattville, Montgomery police see increase in ‘sexting’ among teenagers.

About once every two weeks, Sgt. Geary Graves of the Prattville Police Department handles a sexting-related issue involving teenagers.

Graves, who works in computer forensics, said it has risen from the about one case every three or four months that they had only a few years ago.

Source: Montgomery Advertiser

Related News: Where Teens Go Instead of Facebook (and Why You Should Too)

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Yahoo! News published an article titled Where Teens Go Instead of Facebook (and Why You Should Too).

Remember a few years back, when teenagers left MySpace in droves for this new thing called Facebook? Grown-ups soon followed suit (not that they were ever much on MySpace), and joined Facebook by the hundreds of millions – which made it far less cool for their kids. So where on the Web are teens going now, and what can you learn from them?

A recent study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 94% of American teens still have a Facebook account, but they’re using it less, and using it more carefully. More than half have tightened down their privacy settings and regularly delete or edit previous posts.

Source: Yahoo! News