MADISON, Conn. (WTNH) — A warning is out for parents about a trendy app where kids and teenagers are sending naked pictures to each other.
It’s a smartphone app called Streetchat that apparently kids all over Madison have been using.
Police say they are working to catch the people who may be using the app to exploit under-aged Madison teens but they say they haven’t seen any of the photos yet.
The superintendent of Madison schools says parents need to know that some Madison students may be finding themselves on the Internet because of the new app.
“We contacted parents as a precautionary measure,” Thomas Scarice said. “The handful of parents where their children’s names were referenced and we do that because we believe any parent would want to know.”
The app is popular with Madison high school students. Police say it could potentially get the students into serious trouble.
“Possibly using this to exchange photographs and allegedly these photographs are possible, nude pictures, but we haven’t seen any of these pictures,” Officer Joseph Race said. “At this time, we are investigating, we are looking into it.”
The rules of Streetchat clearly state that pornography, nudity, obscene or sexually suggestive content is prohibited.
“With anything that you put out there, you send it to one person who sends it to a couple of friends and send it to a couple of friends and before you know it, it’s completely out of control,” Race said.
Students at Daniel Hand High School in Madison say most girls have no intention on getting a nude photo online for the whole world to see, but once they take the photo there is no control over it. School officials advise not taking the photos to begin with.
“Your digital reputation is a permanent thing that go online can be Googled, if you will, at any point down the road and it can damage your reputation,” Scarice said.
Police say depending on who sends the pictures and what’s in them, child pornography charges could be issued.
“If charges are applicable, at that time we would do a warrant to seek arrest for those charges,” Race said.
Police say it can be difficult to catch people using the app because they move around with their phones. But they say they will work diligently to find out if Madison teens are being exploited through the app and use the law to put a stop to it.