Dangers of teenage online dating

Users are shown with a photo of potential matches in their area, and then can anonymously rate that person by “swiping” their picture off the screen in a different direction. What differentiates it from most others is that Tinder uses a smartphone’s GPS tracking feature to connect people within a geographical region. Cyberbullies can create fake accounts, take screenshots, and humiliate victims with this dating app, whether it’s a stranger they’ve met online, or someone they know, and have specifically matched with in order to bully or threaten.

While Tinder is called a “dating” app, it has a reputation for being used mostly for hook-ups and sexual encounters. Like most messaging apps, Tinder puts teens at risk for cyberbullying.

More teens, as young as 13, are using the Tinder dating app compared to adults aged 35 and older, one survey shows.

In some extreme instances, social media has been linked to heartbreaking cyber bullying and even suicide or self-harm.

This article is a warning, particularly for parents, children, young adults, and a reminder to keep an eye on how social media is being used (and perhaps abused).

Let's start with the tough stuff, in the US alone, there are more than 750,000 child predators (emphasis on "registered").

Coby Persin, a You Tube filmmaker, crafted a social experiment using a teen girl for bait (along with her parent's permission).

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