Popular app for teens makes texts, photos disappear causing sexting concerns

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  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    "I'm not convinced that the whole sexting thing is as big as the media makes it out to be," Spiegel said.

    I don't know for sure if the sexting issue is overblown or not, but I do know for sure I'm not going to take this guy's opinion on the matter into consideration....he has a lot of money on the line.

  • S.Andrew Zaelit Deseret, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 6:32 a.m.

    Any cell phone with a camera and a data plan can be used for sexting. Apps will always be vulnerable to misuse of some kind. The issue is who is responsible the app creator or the public that uses the apps? Holding the app maker liable for how their product is used would seem to imply that there is a lack of personal accountability. You can never make a camera phone impervious to stupid behavior. Strong consequences and aggressive education is a far more effective plan.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 19, 2012 6:25 a.m.

    Really..... an app can be used for purposed it was not intended for. What are we to do? Ban everything that could be misused by teens? Why don't we just ban phone, camera, and computer usage for teens - and the problem will go away.

    And I get it, just letting parents know as a reason for the article. But really, if a parent has no idea their kid is having issues with something - it isn't the phone or other device that is the solution to the problem. The problem started way before a technology got involved. If there is an issue your child is working through, if it isn't this app, it will be something else until the real issue is resolved - which has nothing to do with technology. Technology is just the enabler - not the problem itself.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 2:57 a.m.

    I still say children should not be allowed to have a personal cell phone, they are a social nuisance encouraging misbehavior and abuse of their personal lives and information.

    Schools and education do not need the distraction and interruption of their classrooms. It also makes children indifferent to right and wrong and manners and respect for each other and themselves. The bottom line is the high cost for those living in poverty and socially disruptive in the home and moral behaviors makes me wonder about the parents paranoia and ability to manage a household. A single cell phone cost can mean the difference in a family going hungry or having food. No one ever considers cell phones rob the poor of thousands of meals a year or cloths on their backs.

    Parents are delusional who think a childs needs a phone. Schools and education have no right to force parents to provide devices to monitor and stalk and prey on their childrens lives and confidential family matters.

    Parents are also delusional if they think their children are safer having a phone for an emergency when phones are used by police and criminal to track and attack anyone they want.