Ontario Police Creates App to Combat Unwanted Sexts

To combat the onslaught of teen sexts, the Ontario Police is hoping to offer a humorous solution.

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Inspector Scott Naylor of the Ontario Police said that the sex crimes unit has been “bombarded with complaints about sexting” these past two years. Saying no simply doesn’t work, even though distributing explicit images and engaging in sexting with anyone under the age of 18 is considered child pornography.  

In January of this year, a 17-year-old Canadian teen was found guilty of distributing child pornography when she made online threats and distributed nude photos of her boyfriend’s ex-lover. She was charged with child pornography because the photos were of another minor. This rare conviction made headlines, but police are usually wary of charging teens for this now too-common crime.

To combat the onslaught of teenage pornography, the Ontario Provincial Police Sex Crime Unit is offering a humorous solution to teen sexting in the form of a free app. Download Send This Instead, and you’ll get 57 retorts for when “No” simply just won’t do. “We got back some really funny stuff,” Naylor told Yahoo News. The inspector admitted that the app is not going to solve the problem of sexting, but said that it is “giving kids an alternative strategy to deal with it.”

To help create the app, the police hired graphic artists and comedians. Their creations include snarky and sarcastic graphics like these:

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While there are no simple messages, images or responses that will erase unwanted sexts — hopefully, this cheesy app will bring some much-needed attention to how annoying and ineffective sexts can be.