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PERTH teenagers are caught in the grip of a new worldwide sensation tempting them into sending "safe" self-destructing sex images on smartphones. The craze has gone viral, prompting WA police and child-protection agencies to alert parents to the dangers of the mobile phone app called Snapchat.
The site has become so popular that social media giant Facebook has tried to replicate the app, which allows teens to view images and video for just seconds before they automatically "disappear". The free app is billed as perfect for "safe sexting" but the claimed safeguards can be easily overridden, allowing those receiving the intimate photos and videos to save them permanently.
With most parents having no idea, teens around the world have already sent more than one billion "snaps" since the app was launched late last year. WA Police's Online Child Exploitation Squad warned yesterday that there was no guarantee the messages would remain private. Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney said parents should be aware that apps like Snapchat carried the risk of being used inappropriately. Curtin University internet studies lecturer Tama Leaver said Snapchat was more popular than Facebook Poke because users did not have to give their real names.
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Perth parents encouraged to discuss sexting with teenage children