Hidden Phone Apps Lead to Teen Sexting Scandal

Nov 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm |

As a parent, you’d like to think you know your child’s every move, right? Well, these days, that’s not so easy.

Sexting Scandal

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In this day and age, all smartphones have the calculator app. Well, teens have a calculator app, and they have a “calculator app.” Let me explain: So, there’s this app that looks as if it’s a real calculator. It has the same design of any smartphone’s calculator; the only difference is, the numbers you type in are actually a password. Once the password is put in, it unlocks hidden pictures. Teens have been using this system to sext and send nudes! That ish cray, right?

Over 100 students at Canon High School in Colorado were accused of using the hidden app to sext and trade nudes. They even had a contest going to see who’d collect the most. Numerous male and female students have been suspended from the high school, including many football members which caused the team to forfeit its final game of the season. These teens can be facing felony charges.

Of course, this isn’t just happening in Colorado. But because it involves so many teens, it’s definitely shedding light on the issue.

In 2012, a study was conducted and found that over 70% of teens have hidden online activity from their parents and/or authority figures.

  • Here are a couple of things parents can do to avoid this scandal in the future:
  • Look for duplicate apps
  • Use Parental Controls
  • Start a conversation with your teen. This is an important matter than can lead to serious consequences. Your teens should know the risks of sexting.

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