SentTell Offers Parents an Anti-sexting Tool

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The application allows parents to monitor their child's smartphone by notifying them whenever photos are taken using their children's camera.

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I want parents to be able to use this tool to talk to their children about the dangers of sexting and how ‘digital’ means ‘permanent’.

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SentTell, a San Francisco-based company, has developed an application for Android smartphones to help prevent sexting by young adults. The application notifies parents whenever photos are taken using their children’s smartphone camera.

The idea came to SentTell founder, Walter Wallace, after reading a tragic story about a high school girl who shared revealing photos that were later circulated around her campus. She experienced ridicule, embarrassment, and anxiety, which eventually led to her suicide. Walter says, “I was the last generation in high school who didn't have to carry this level of responsibility in regards to digital media.” He goes on to say, “I want parents to be able to use this tool to talk to their children about the dangers of sexting and how ‘digital’ means ‘permanent’.”

SentTell’s mission is to preserve the social reputation of young adults through prevention. As recent data from the Pew Research Center has shown,15 percent of 12–17 year-olds admit to receiving sexually suggestive material in text messages. It is now more important than ever to monitor risky behavior and educate our children on how their decisions today will affect them for the rest of their lives.

As an added safeguard, if the application is deleted from the phone, a time-stamped email is sent to the parent, notifying him or her that the application has been removed.

SentTell is the first company to give parents a tool to reduce or eliminate risky behavior on smartphones by young adults for a one time cost of $1.99.

For the most recent updates about the SentTell application, follow SentTell on Twitter @senttell or visit the website at

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