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New Apps for Smart Phones Give Kids New Way to Sext
Two apps, now available for download in the iTunes App Store, allow users to picture and video chat. Users can send pictures back and forth with Snapchat and Facebook's Poke app, that their recipients can only view for a few seconds. The apps give teens a new avenue to sext and send other inappropriate messages.
"Whether you want to insult somebody somehow, or you wanted to send something that is somewhat elicit, but you didn't want it to last, unfortunately it would be really good for a purpose like that," Patrick Allmond a social media consultant said.
Although the Snapchat says the pictures disappear after they are viewed, Allmond says these pictures never go away. Just like sending a picture online, there is always a way to retrieve a picture once it's sent out, Allmond said. Phone can also easily screen capture images for users to save in their phone or re-post.
Snapchat markets it's app as a "instantly fun and insanely playful" way to build relationships and chat with friends. Whether it was mean as a sexting forum, most users seem to be taking it that way. Reviews for the app in the iTunes Store solicit pictures, one reading "Love to sext" while supplying the username where he can be found. Another review says "16 year old ripped football player hit me up on snapchat."
"I don't think they understand the complexity of it, because their friends are doing it and they think that its cool. They don't know the repercussion that goes with that, as far as your reputation and what people think of you," said Tina Phinisee, a woman Fox 25 spoke with who was concerned about these apps.
"Its the parents. The parents have to take responsibility for it because they're giving them access to this information, as far as Facebook, or the internet and they're not monitoring it or putting parental controls on the phone," Phinisee said.
In Oklahoma it is illegal to distribute a sexually explicit photo of someone younger than 18-years-old. It is also a felony to be in possession of a minor's nude picture.
Posted: Friday, January 11 2013, 09:48 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Pace slows in testing after Tulsa health scare
May 24, 2013 12:51 GMT
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Additional tests reveal no new cases of hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS among patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of running dirty clinics.
The pace of people seeking testing has slowed. About 3,900 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington have gone to state clinics for testing. In March, health departments urged testing for 7,000 patients. Just 54 patients sought tests within the past week.
Inspectors said they found unsanitary conditions inside Harrington's clinics at Tulsa and Owasso.
So far, 70 patients have tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and three for HIV, but there is no indication the diseases spread at the clinics. Health experts say the spread of disease in dental clinics is extremely rare.
Harrington is cooperating with the investigation.
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