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Teen dating apps: 5 popular dating apps that parents need to know. But with the popularity of apps like Tinder and Bumble, which target people 18 and older, more dating and friendship apps are popping up for juveniles. News Center 7's I-Team spoke to the family and law enforcement officials about what parents should look for and how to keep your children.
Online teen dating seems to be ready made for concern. Online dating has made its way to teens, with disastrous.
Inthe friend-finding and dating app Skout temporarily shut down its teen component after three teen users reported that men posing as teenagers on the app raped and sexually assaulted them. The FBI has reported multiple cases of adult men sexually exploiting minors they met on mobile apps. This is serious stuff.
But when we asked teens about dating apps, they brushed off the idea that teens were using them. According to teens, the real way to meet romantic prospects online is through their own traditional social media s. While people of all ages should use caution, meeting strangers online presents a particular danger to adolescents.
Today, social media enables teens to connect with and meet up with strangers much more easily than ever before. So it pays to be aware of the app world, even as it changes more quickly than we parents seem to be able to keep up with.
Yubo allows users 13 and older, but a Common Sense Media review rates it for 17 years and up. 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.
Stay aware, parents, and stay involved. Have they started dating?
Mary Helen Berg is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She'll lead them in a conversation about how to live their best lives.
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