Kids Using Apps to Hide Sexting

Sep 02, 2015

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Parents are aware of sexting as it has been an ongoing issue, but they aren’t aware that kids are doing it even more secretly now.

In the past kids would send sexts through texts messages; if they were cautious, they would delete them right after- hoping to hide them from parents. Now, messaging apps have made it even easier for teens to hide their sexts from parents.

There are certain apps that will delete messages after seconds of being viewed, such as Snapchat, Cyber Dust, and VaporChat. Because these messages or images are deleted after a certain amount of time, kids feel like they won’t get caught.

Not only is this secrecy dangerous, there are many other negative consequences associated with children sexting. While apps claim to permanently delete messages or images, they are still saved in databases somewhere that can be hacked. Nothing is ever completely erased. People that teens send sexts to can also screenshot images of those sexts, save them on their phone, and even forward them to other people. 

In some states, teens can get in trouble with the law because it can be considered child pornography. Children who sext are also at greater risk of being sexually active.

Parents need to be aware of what is on their child’s phone. Parents should ask children what apps they have on their phones and understand what each app does. As a parent, it is necessary to educate yourselves on these apps so that you can teach your children how to use these apps responsibly.

Parents should also communicate with their children about the negative consequences sexting has. Communicating not only the immediate consequences of their actions, but also the future consequences it may have can help keep kids from sexting.

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