Biggest Leak of Celeb Nudes Ever a Teaching Moment for Parents

Wakeup call here. In what looks like the biggest leak of celebrity nudes ever, a set of unlikely circumstances have combined to create the perfect moment for parents to talk to their kids about the risks of sexting.

nude-selfiesFrom the story about the leaks at The Verge, which usually gets these things right:

“Hundreds of nude, semi-nude, and revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private [iCloud] collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and pop star Ariana Grande were among the celebrities apparently shown in the pictures, which were posted on infamous web forum 4chan.”

The pictures were reportedly stolen by hacking into iCloud, Apple’s backup system and posted to both 4chan and Reddit. No doubt they also showed up elsewhere. Anyone reading a story such as the one above could come to a couple of obvious conclusions – hackers are bad, and 4chan is bad. Let’s dig a little deeper.

From actress Mary E. Winstead on Twitter, who claims to have deleted the photos years ago:

So, we have a teaching moment for parents. First, you’re probably going to have to have the talk with your teen or tween about the risks of taking nude selfies earlier than you had intended. Unfortunately, sexting has become part of the fabric of a “normal” intimate relationship, so if your son or daughter is even close to dating or hanging out with a potential mate, sexting is a possibility.

Second, it should be noted that Apple’s entire electronics ecosystem is one of the most trusted parts of our digital society – it just works and there are few if any viruses. It turns out that it is not as trustworthy as we had assumed.

Third, even if you delete photos, or anything else for that matter, they may not really be deleted. It can come back to haunt you.

Fourth, and most importantly, don’t take risqué selfies. Ever. The repercussions can be devastating.


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