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Is this a new trend? I hope not.

In the article, Son Files Harassment Charges Against Mother for Facebook Posts, “Denise New’s 16-year-old son filed charges against her…after he claims she posted slanderous entries about him on the social networking site. New says she was just trying to monitor what he was posting.”

Are there legal rights that a parent or child have in this situation? I believe that minors should be monitored in the social media space. If they are taught to post appropriate material at a young age, it seems they would be less likely to post inappropriate things to the internet later in life.

“In a document from the Clark County prosecutor, [New’s son] alleges she hacked his account, changed his password and posted things that involve slander about his personal life.” Arkansas’ harassment law states that harassment occurs when “A person commits the offense if with purpose to harass, annoy or alarm another person without good cause, he engages in conduct or repeatedly commits acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person.”

New says she “read things on his Facebook about how he had gone to Hot Springs one night and was driving 95 m.p.h. home because he was upset with a girl and it was his friend that called me and told me about all this that prompted me to even actually start really going through his Facebook to see what was going on.” After brushing up on my Arkansas geography, Arkadelphia to Hot Springs is just under an hour drive. I’ve read before that it can be more dangerous to drive tired or upset than driving drunk, so I don’t blame Denise for trying to get some more information on this joy ride.

New isn’t going to give up. “Oh yeah, I’m going to fight it. If I have to go even higher up, I’m going to. I’m not gonna let this rest. I think this could be a precedent-setting moment for parents.” Good luck Denise, win this for the worried parents of the world.

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