CINCINNATI - “Send me something?”
In the age of smartphones and not-so-smart moves, this line is all too common in the “sexting” culture. NYMag.com reports a recent study found six out of 10 teens have been asked to send sexual images of themselves via smartphone. Yet there remains a stoic minority of teens who don’t want to “sext” but still want to be part of the culture that encourages textual relationships and flirting via smartphone. That’s where the new Zipit app swoops in to save the day.
Zipit was created by the British nonprofit ChildLine . The free anti-sexting app gives teens (and non-sexters of any age) a way to opt-out of sexting culture using humor. So if North gets a “send me something dirty” message from George, she can send a gentle shutdown in photo form:
Or, an anti-sexter can give the recipient what he or she wants, with the lighting leaving much to be desired:
"Zipit helps you get flirty chat back on the right tack. It's packed with killer comebacks and top tips to help you stay in control of your chat game," said ChildLine.
The hope is that teens can remove themselves from a potentially uncomfortable situation with wit to avoid being bullied about it the next day.
Think you’re too old for an app like this? NYMag.com points out the 24 percent of Baby Boomers who regularly sext.
I downloaded the app to see what kinds of messages anti-sexters can select, and they’re pretty funny! Think you’ll check it out? Connect with me on Twitter @jennyfromthebak and let me know what you think.