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.”
For those who are not familiar with KIN, it is a phone that is being promoted for use in social networks. Two models are available. KIN1 which resembles a hockey puck and KIN2 is a standard slider phone.
KIN1 Pictured Above
What do you think of Microsoft pulling the KIN advertisement? I personally believe that it was the responsible thing to do.
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 msnbc.com 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.