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How To Shield Your Kids From Unsafe Apps

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If online posts are tagged #NSFW — not safe for work — they’re probably not appropriate for your kids. Over the weekend, Twitter’s popular new video-making app Vine became stocked with porn.

Twitter has apologized for the pornographic clip that was included Monday as an editor’s pick on the app’s homepage stream and has removed the X-rated clip. But a whole lot of porn appears under a slew of hashtags, including #NSFW, #sex, #porn and other, um, more specific tags.

Chances are the videos will make the round of school lunchrooms before Twitter can clean up the service. But at Twitter and its video service Vine  that means adding a warning to say a post may contain possibly sensitive material. Twitter does not prohibit pornography as long as it’s not used as a profile photo, a header image, a background image or violates U.S. law such as photos that involve children.

“Parents just don’t have the opportunity to react. These things can happen in the blink of an eye,” Joel Holl, CEO of MMGuardian, a mobile monitoring app for parents, told TechNewsDaily.

Parents and teachers have been caught by surprise with the proliferation of both smartphones and apps. More than 30 percent of American teens now own a smartphone, and that figure will reach 100 percent by 2016, according to Pew Research.

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