Moreno Family Problems Highlight Lack of Privacy on Social Networking Sites

July 13, 2009 at 10:49 am 3 comments

Recently, Cynthia Moreno of Coalinga, California, posted a rant on her MySpace blog about how much she hated her hometown. Cynthia was off to college at the time, but her former high school principal saw the post and sent it as a Letter to the Editor to the local newspaper. The rant was published in the paper, and soon Cynthia’s parents, who still lived in Coalinga, started receiving death threats and at least one gunshot was fired outside their home. In addition, the residents of Coalinga organized a boycott of the Moreno’s business that, as a result, when bankrupt.

The Morenos sued the principal for invasion of privacy, but the court ruled against the Morenos, claiming that Cynthia’s communication was posted for public consumption on a social networking site, therefore it is open to the public.

Although Cynthia did not intend for her post to be publicly distributed, it was. And as a result, her family was threatened and their business ruined.

As parents, it is extremely important that you know what your children are posting online. As well, it is important to teach them the consequences of posting information and opinions on their social networking site of choice. Although they, like Cynthia, may think only a handful of people will read it, the audience could be much father reaching and much more damaging than they anticipate.

As a rule, make sure you know what social networking sites your children use, and become their friend on those sites. Know what they are posting and saying, and help them realize the far reaching effects those blogs, comments, and even pictures might have.


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  • 1. SayWhat  |  July 13, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Maybe this will get the message home, or not. Kids are extremely ignorant these days of the consequences their actions could have. Public is public, and although you may not intend to have the world’s eyes on your SN page they will find it and use it however they want. You set yourself up for good and bad things, in this case it was very bad for the girls parents. You can talk to your kids until you’re blue in the face but unless they listen you’re wasting your time. And BTW, most kids will not “friend” their parents on SN sited. The reason they are on SN sites is to have their own “thing” away from perental supervision.

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