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There are more than 2.5 billion photos uploaded to Facebook each month. So many photos, so little time. Now one company has found a way to sift through all of those photos and filter out for you the pictures of your friends wearing the least amount of clothing.

It's an app called Badabing! and it costs $1.99. It's not very reliable but some can get it to work and when they do, the results are shocking. Many have expressed that the app does not work and they want their money back. However, there's a bigger issue at work here and WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton, explains:

RECENT STUDY:

A study was just released by the Internet Watch Foundation and what did it find?

1. Large number of provocative photos posted by underage social network users

2. Even worse, these photos are frequently taken off of social networks and posted on adult websites

--they sampled 12,224 images tracked by the United Kingdom-based foundation and 88% of the inappropriate photos were actually reposted on porn websites.

3. Concern: this is just another app to encourage kids to post and surf the net for racy photos. Worse, it provides easier aggregation and surfing of racy photos for predators.

WEB RESOURCES:

For more information on the Internet Watch Foundation study and resources: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk 

There is a "share with care" video that may help you have a conversation with your child. The video is here

An online safety game called "stop that post" can also be a fun way to talk about this tough topic with your kids.  Find it here.

WORD OF THE WEEK: FUSKER

Fusker is an app or site that will quickly look for images and pull them together in one easy view. These are often used against free hosted photo galleries like photobucket or instagram. This can be a helpful tool but can also be used to search for racy photos that people thought they posted in a private, secure way.

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