Sext and the City

Helpful New App Tells Teens to Send ‘Witty Responses’ Instead of Sexts

But then they might decide to look at each other's genitals IRL!!!
Really though? (iTunes)

Really though? (iTunes)

Teen sexting is the source of much parental pearl-clutching, and between peer pressure and the rise of revenge porn, you can hardly blame them for worrying.

Unfortunately, a tone-deaf new app from the British charity Childline, which aims to help teens just say no to sexting, should be about as effective as replacing dance parties with Bible study.

According to the BBC, the organization wanted to give teens “the tools to defuse the pressure to send, share or collect these images.” Hence the creation of “Zipit,” a new app which offers advice on chatting safely, as well asĀ “witty responses” to sext solicitations.

By that, they apparently mean image macros, like those to the left. Who knew that all this time, all teens needed to resist peer pressure was the right meme?

“Zipit helps you get flirty chat back on the right track,” Childline promises. “It’s packed with killer comebacks and top tips to help you stay in control of your chat game.”

Look, sexting is a pretty adult act. So maybe don’t try to fight it with what looks like posters pulled off the wall of a third-grade classroom?

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