Schools work to ban secretive sexting apps

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A new study says one in four students admits to sexting.

Apps like Calculator %, an app that is disguised as a calculator, but allows students to sext, are becoming more popular among teens.

“It became something that everyone was doing, so no one really saw anything bad about it.”

Charles White manages media and technology for Lenoir County schools. He says there’s security measures put in place on school devices.

“First line of defense is school filters,” says White. “That is a federal requirement that we have these in place, and this protects all students and allows us to filter websites and stuff that’s inappropriate.”

In Lenoir County, each student is issued an iPad. But some parents say they’re concerned they won’t be used for just educational purposes.

White says there are methods in place to track student behavior.

“We restrict airdrop so they can’t send files anonymously to each other, we restrict the apple store so they can’t just go in and download any application that they want.”

But administrators can’t prevent students from downloading these apps on their personal devices.

(david flynn, detective, pitt county sheriff’s office)

“Once you send a picture, or a video, or you send anything, it’s out there forever,” said Flynn. “You can’t get it back. And you have no control over what someone else may do with it.”

Detective David Flynn with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office says kids should be careful about what they’re posting on apps, and parents should keep a watchful eye.

“Parents have to be involved with their children, and that’s just something that’s standard. You have to know what your kids are doing, you have to know who they’re hanging out with, and who they’re talking to.”

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