The surge in the popularity of dating apps has certainly trickled down into the teen demographic. As you can imagine, most dating sites, including the ones specifically intended for teenagers, have their risks. Combine this with the fact that one can ever really know the person behind dating apps for teenagers under 18 profile and you have a recipe for disaster. Some teen dating apps are even less secure than others.
If two members find each other attractive, they can chat with each other. The information required for signing up is a working email address or an active Facebook profile plus a mobile phone. The minimum age to use the app is 13. However, there’s no age verification process, so it can never be confirmed that the person being talked to is the same one in the photos. Even worse, this makes it easy for predators older than age 18 to contact teens.
This isn’t marketed as a dating app, but it can be used as one. Its basic use is for people to meet up and interact online. Upon signing up, users are asked for their name, gender, age and email or can log in via Facebook. Though it’s not required for anyone to enter information about themselves to use the site, using it still poses a risk. The person you talk to can steer the conversation to location loaded information or steer it into more explicitly sexual waters. The power of anonymity plus the power of communicating to a large audience often equals reckless behavior.