Sue Scheff: Texting – New App to Cover Your Tracks, but does it Encourage Cyberbullying?

TigerText, and according to the founder Jeffrey Evans, not named for the infamous text messages with Tiger Woods, is the latest gadget (application) to help people cover their tracks when they hit send a bit too fast.

We have heard this time and time again, think before you hit send.  Know that when that email or text goes out into the world of digital warfare, it is gone.  From there it can be forwarded, copied, pasted, manipulated and worse.  It could end in the wrong email box!  Did you mean to send Michael your friend or Michael your boss that not-so-funny joke?

Everyone has had that feeling after they hit send when they are typing so fast, that the automatic window of programmed names comes up and you have more then one person with the same name, with a flick of your finger, it is gone – just as you see the last name is wrong!

TigerText can’t help you there, but if you send a text that you want eliminated after the person has read it, they can help you.  With TigerText you can literally program it to delete your message from 60 seconds to 30 days after it has been read.

The catch: You have to have an iPhone (however it will soon be available on Blackberry and Android) and both parties have to download the app.  Is it worth it?  To some people it is exactly what they have been waiting for.

With school opening soon in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties, it is time to think of the consequences of apps like TigerText.  Will it encourage cyberbullying?  Will the bully now believe their evidence will be destroyed?  Will it become more difficult to trace the nasty text messages?

Ross Ellis, Founder and CEO of Love Our Children USA, believes that this is exactly what can happen.  Her concerns that this type of product/app can increase and create more problems with bullying and cyberbullying.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer teens.

Watch video to understand how TigerText works.  Read more.

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