Police app helps teens just say no to sexting
Teens who feel pressured to send someone a nude picture can now send a funny response instead, thanks to a new mobile app developed by the Ontario Provincial Police.
Send This Instead was launched late last month and contains witty and sarcastic responses to sexting requests, such as, "I can't send you nude photos, but I'll forward this to my dad and you can try asking him for some."
The free app, which is available for iPhone and Android devices, was developed by Joseph Versace, a programmer with the OPP's sexual exploitation unit.
It also offers users advice on how to deal with sexting and how to report people who harass them for intimate images.
"Until now, anti-sexting campaigns have focused on warning kids about the dangers of sending explicit pictures of themselves, but it isn't working, we need a new strategy," Insp. Scott Naylor said in a press release.