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Teen's twitter prank is definitely not funny

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Teen's twitter prank is definitely not funny

twitter I am the parent of two teenage children, one of which is on social media. In our home, there were rules and guidelines put in place before we said 'yes' to her social media world. Isn't that what most parents do? This tweet was sent out to American Airlines yesterday morning. "@AmericanAir. hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Quaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye." The sender is a 14 year old girl named Sarah from the Netherlands. She claims she's never even been to Afganistan. She just thought it would be, you know 'fun' to tweet a threat to attack a plane. American Airlines made it very clear that they were not amused. '@QueenDemetriax-Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI." Realizing her prank went to far, Sarah sent out a series of tweets directed to American Airlines. "@AmericanAir omfg I was kidding." "my account got hacked okay I didn't tweet anything" "@AmericanAir I'm so sorry I'm scared now." "I'm not gonna tell my parents, they'll tell me to delete my acc omg that would be the end of my life." Now, I'm not sure if her parents have a twitter account and follow her activity. I'm also not sure if they sat her down and laid out the family's guidelines and rules before allowing her to get an account. But I would like to say this, if you don't have any social media accounts, once your child does, as a parent, you should too. So much happens in the online world. Cyber Bullying is on the rise. Youth suicide rates among Canadian girls are on the rise . As parents, we need to be aware of what our kids are doing online, who they're talking to, how they are behaving and how they are being portrayed. Sarah's prank was not funny and there should be consequences to her actions. What do you think would be an appropriate punishment for young Sarah?
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