MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Social Media consultant Dorien Morin joined News13 NOW on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. to talk about how teens use social media. Her tips for parents are timely this week after investigators connected a teen’s murder in Virginia to her use of social media.

The investigators in Blacksburg, Va. believe Nicole Lovell, 13, met her murderer through a social media website and that she sneaked out of her home to meet him. David Eisenhauer, 18, is charged with kidnapping and murder in the case.

Watch the video to learn more about the case and also hear Morin’s tips for parents whose children use social media. She also shared the following “ECHO” acronym and tips to help parents oversee their children’s social media use:

  • Educate
  • Communicate
  • Help
  • Observe

10 Social Media Posting Rules Moms Should Teach Their Kids:

  1. Be kind; say nice things because you never know who will read what you say.
  2. Be safe; know who you are friending and talking to.
  3. Be secure; don’t share personal information with strangers.
  4. Be legal; don’t download music or images that you didn’t pay for.
  5. Be protected; don’t share your passwords with anyone.
  6. Be alert; tell an adult when a friend is in trouble online.
  7. Be smart; use positive words to build your online brand.
  8. Be responsible; don’t access sites and apps you should not access.
  9. Be conscientious; be truthful, never lie or gossip.
  10. Be modest; don’t take or share inappropriate pictures on the internet.

You can find more information about social media management on Morin’s website at