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When I was a kid, my mother wouldn’t let me watch R-rated films at home and often listened in on my phone conversations (this was pre-cell phones, of course!). At the time, I was really annoyed and thought she was too controlling. But now that I'm a mom, I get it. You want to protect your kids -- keep them innocent as long as possible. That's why I kind of like the fact that Apple has just patented a new technology that lets you block or intercept your kid's sexually charged text messages.
The new feature will let you set a filter for words that you choose, and then either block the entire text or strip out the “objectionable” part of the message. One thing that's missing? The ability to intercept risque photos. (Last year, Pew Research found that 15 percent of teens received sexually explicit images from others.)
Apple hasn’t rolled out this feature to the iPhone yet, but when it does, I know parents will use it. And sure, maybe it will create a wedge between a teen and her mom or dad, but ultimately, I think the technology is a good thing. Some parents have little to no communication with their kids, and maybe this will help start a discussion that really should be happening.
Plus, the sexting blocker might give mom some peace of mind. Is that worth risking your teen being mad at you? I think so.
Do you like the idea of blocking a teen's sexting? Or has Apple gone too far? Chime in below!