Once the sender hits send, the image cannot be recovered and there is no way to prevent a recipient from saving and sharing it with others.
The sender is notified if a screenshot is taken, but the permanent evidence is still out there.
As a district attorney and mother of three, I experienced these challenges and their consequences first-hand both as a mom and in the court of law.
In recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, here is a primer of what every parent needs to know: The Big Picture At first, the thought of providing your child with a cell phone elicits questions of responsibility -- will they lose this expensive device? Responsibility gives way to fears of abuse of the privilege.
In recent months, a new generation of applications (apps) has been created that are both appealing and dangerous for children.
These apps include features such as "self-destructing" messages, encrypted messages, free text and group messages, and GSP location services to connect you with potential friends and dates close by.
When searching Twitter for the term "Snap Chat," numerous tweets for people to sext through the app are revealed such as "hit me up with the cleavage on Snap Chat." Wickr allows anyone to send encrypted text messages, videos, pictures, PDFs, etc. It creates the appearance that it is a safe outlet for teens to share lewd images and other content.
Since a Kik profile is independent, one can never be sure of who is actually on the other end.
Even though the messages are advertised as self-destructing, there is nothing within the application that prevents a recipient from storing a message and sharing it with another person.
Kik is being used by some teens to send and receive nude pictures, which can be seen in the user reviews with posts of sexual invitations and advertisements.
These devices are all too often the platforms used to harass and bully others.
Facebook, for instance, has been in the cyber-safety spotlight for years (eliciting concerns of bullying, inappropriate posts and messages, pedophiles, etc).