Just recently a student at a school that I presented at brought to my attention an App called “Nudifier”. Originally designed as an entertainment/comedic App, it is now being used by “some” on-line peer aggressors as a weapon to “Shame” a specific target on-line.
The original design and intent of Nudfier, was to create a “pixilated” picture of a person’s groin or breast area that is covered by clothing, and turn it into a picture that we often see as pixilated to hide one’s private parts, thus making us believe it is in fact a naked (sexted) picture when it is not. The app is able to morph clothing so that it appears as skin color behind the pixilation, no matter what the color of the clothing.
The student brought to my attention that the app allows any picture taken with an iPhone to be “Nudified” , so when a peer aggressor takes a picture of their target, they will “nudify” it and then post it on-line not as a joke, but rather for the purpose and intent of “shaming” a target.
As with any App, something designed to be funny can also be used as a digital weapon in he wrong hands, and it appears that peer aggressors are now using Nudifier for evil rather than fun. Nudifer is but one of a class of App’s that allows a user to pixilate a normal picture. As always, parents should be aware of the Apps that their children are downloading and how they are being used.