Online dating websites for teens
The majority of online dating apps and websites are designed for adults, but even those which are for teens can present risks to young people if they choose to use them.
As popular as online dating has become, it’s not a good idea for young people and isn’t a safe way for children to explore relationships.
‘Remind your child that they should never do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable’ It’s much harder for your child to think critically about someone if they’re inundated with ‘likes’ or compliments about how sexy or talented they are.
Offenders use this as a way to exert control over a child, often becoming very nasty if a child doesn’t do what they say.
Make sure your child also knows how and when to report – you can find more information on this here.
An increased exposure to technology, social networking sites, movies and music with teen romances as their main subject has resulted in teens getting into the dating scene at an early age.
It’s also not as awkward to flirt with people online as it is in school corridors!
Meeting and chatting to others online is a normal part of life for most teenagers, but using online dating services could put them at risk.
Here, NCA-CEOP tells parents what they should know So much of a teenager’s social life happens online and many feel really comfortable using the internet to meet people.
Remind your child that they should never do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. At NCA-CEOP, we’ve been told by offenders that another tactic they use is to look for young people who use a sexy username, post sexy pictures or talk about sex online.
If they are being made to feel this way, they should tell you. Young people might do these things because they’re naturally curious about sex and relationships, but it can make offenders think they’ll be open to sexual behaviour and could put them at risk.