Your guide to online dating
Teens may exude social media-savvy, but they’re prone to risky behavior. And they often aren’t developmentally ready to spot red flags, says Christine Elgersma, senior editor of parenting education for .
Dating does not include listings for all dating sites.The site contains some sexually explicit photos and no effective age verification, according to the review.Some other dating and friend-finding apps have restrictions that are supposed to protect teen users.The FBI has reported multiple cases of adult men sexually exploiting minors they met on mobile apps. But when we asked teens about dating apps, they brushed off the idea that teens were using them. A high school junior offered, “Lots of my friends use Instagram to meet and start a relationship.” This was echoed by several other teens, who all agreed that commenting or liking a stranger’s (or a friend of a friend’s) social media posts might lead to in-person meetups later.While people of all ages should use caution, meeting strangers online presents a particular danger to adolescents.
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Online dating has made its way to teens, with disastrous results.