Teenagers today live in their own world of social media. When something happens, the first thing that they do is write about it on the wall, snap a photo and send it to their friends or "like" it in cyberspace. If you are a parent, you may look at some of these comments and wonder what prompted them to post it or even wonder what it means.

Let's face it; there is an acronym for everything and statements said over social media often hold different meaning than if they were said out loud. A judge this week didn't feel the same way when a teen who had been caught underage drinking and driving posted on her Facebook wall "My dumb -- got a DUI and hit a car LOL."

The incident the girl was referring to occurred over the summer. The girl had consumed alcohol with friends and then got behind the wheel of a car. While driving, she was involved in an accident with another car carrying 4 teenage passengers. It does not appear that anyone was injured in the accident, but when one of the parents of the other teens told the court about the social media post, the judge took action.

The judge instructed the girl to shut down her social media accounts and refrain from using others. When the girl did not cancel what most teens consider their "lifeline," the judge gave her jail time for contempt of court. The student is due back in court early next week to face charges related to the original incident.

Source: NY Daily News, "Teen jailed over making 'LOL' crack on Facebook about car crash and drunk driving," Sept. 18, 2012

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