Microsoft Pulls Sexting Ad To Promote Their KIN Phone

Microsoft originally had used an ad that showed a teen taking a picture of his chest under his shirt, which he than sent to a a teen woman. The ad smacked of a an approval of sexting and the company pulled the ad. Microsoft later stated that it took serious the problems associated with sexting, in light of some of the bad press that sexting has been getting lately. Consumers Report originally suggested that the ad came seriously close to promoting sexting which promoted Microsoft to reconsider running the advertisement.

In a recent news story it also states that:

A Microsoft spokesperson tells Consumer Reports, “Microsoft takes the issue of sexting very seriously and it was never our intent to promote it in any way.”

KIN1 Pictured Above
What do you think of Microsoft pulling the KIN advertisement? I personally believe that it was the responsible thing to do.
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Is Sexting A Real Problem Or Just Kids Being Kids?

Depending on who’s statistics you wish to cite, it appears that teens between the ages of 12 and 17 years old, about 15 to 30% have viewed nude photo’s in text messages. Though we can most likely all agree that this poses certain risks to some teens who pictures may be sent around the Internet, the question I would ask is that is this a real problem or just kids being kids?

According to a recent news article it states the following:

It’s not a surprising phenomenon, Ms. Lenhart and others say: The factors driving it – teenagers wrestling with sexuality and relationships and often using poor judgment – have been around far longer than cellphones or the Internet. But when those factors are combined with the far reach and permanence of today’s technology, it can be dangerous.

At least two teenagers committed suicide after sexts they sent were passed around widely and used to harass them. While those are the extreme, far more teens face risks of basic embarrassment, bullying, or regret when the images reach people who they’d prefer didn’t see them.

So as a parent what would you tell your child about sexting? This quote may help:

“I tell kids the five P’s,” Ms. Aftab says. “If you don’t want your parents, your principal, a predator, the police, or your potential coach, college recruiter, or boss to see it, don’t post it publicly.”

There is also this point that shows why teens are sexting:

Often, teens send sexts as an alternative to engaging in actual sex, Aftab says, and they rarely think about the consequences.

So what do you think? Is sexting as dangerous as some believe it is, or is it just kids doing what kids do?

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Sexting – Are Your Kids Involved?

Sexting is sharing nude or partial nude photos of yourself with others on your cell phone. Teens are doing this but do not understand the dangers of doing it. Case in point is what happened to one teen who sent nude photos of herself to her boyfriend. Cute at first until they broke up. The boyfriend sent the photos to other teens at the girls school who quickly called her a slut. The unfortunate end result was that the girl hung herself.

The article over at further states that:

Conveying the message
“She was vivacious. She was fun. She was artistic. She was compassionate. She was a good kid,” the young woman’s mother, Cynthia Logan, told TODAY’s Matt Lauer Friday in New York. Still grieving over the loss of her daughter, she said she is taking her story public to warn kids about the dangers of sending sexually charged pictures and messages to boyfriends and girlfriends.

“It’s very, very difficult. She’s my only child,” Logan told Lauer. “I’m trying my best to get the message out there.”

It is a growing problem that has resulted in child pornography charges being filed against some teens across the nation. But for Cynthia Logan, “sexting” is about more than possibly criminal activity: It’s about life and death.

As a parent you may wish to check to see if your teen is sexting. It could be a matter of life or death.

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