Shelly Palmer Radio Report – April 19, 2012

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A Canadian Justin Bieber impersonator has been accused of threatening and sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl here in the United States. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said that 34-year-old Lee Moir of Toronto, pretended to be Justin Bieber on Facebook then threatened to harm the girl’s family in order to force her to perform sex acts online. He was arrested and charged in with luring, manufacturing child pornography and extortion after an undercover Canadian officer posed as a 14-year-old girl online.  So how could this have been prevented?  Surely there’s some technology that her parents could have used.  Nope. In fact, using any kind of software to monitor your kids is a really bad idea because the software will lull you into a false sense of security. The only way to prevent cyber-stalkers and online predators from endangering your children is to personally monitor your children’s online activities, then set boundaries and constantly talk to them about cyber-safety.  It’s the only way to truly protect your kids.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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