#teensexting | #sexting | ‘Sexting’ filter will block children’s smartphone cameras if they try to send indecent images

A new app can filter children’s phones for incoming inappropriate texts sent by children and lock their cameras so they are unable to send intimate pictures, in a bid to eliminate “sexting” among young people. 

SafeToNet detects when a child has received a picture containing nudity, will censor it and then block the camera for up to 20 minutes to stop them from taking indecent images. 

The app monitors keyboards and will block the camera if a child types an inappropriate message, to stop sexting before it happens.  If a child repeatedly tries to send intimate messages the software will lock the camera for longer. If they try four times within 24 hours, SafeToNet will send a message to their parent’s phone and they will be given the option to lock the child’s device. 

For £4.99 per month, or £50 per year, SafeToNet will sync a parent’s control device to their children’s, sending them usage alerts to warn if their child has been accessing social media during school hours, for example. SafeToNet said that it values young people’s privacy, so it will only alert a parent to possible sexting after the child has made several attempts. 

“We specifically allow a child to remove the app as we see it as their right,” said founder Richard Pursey. 

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