It might not always seem like it but there are lots of opportunities for young people to meet someone in school, through a sports club, hobby or youth group.This is much safer and it’s a better way to build a friendship and possibly a relationship over time.
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.
Make sure they know it’s important not to trust everything you hear online, no matter how nice or flattering it sounds! Make sure your child knows it’s never a good idea to send these sort of pictures or videos.
Most teen dating apps only allow you to interact with users in your age group.
Although some sites use suspicious keyword detection and different ways to check people’s identity, it’s still hard to know if the person you’re talking to is who they say are.
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.
Some people who want to harm children use the internet to look for young people to target, and they use sites and apps where they know young people go to look for love, to flirt or to make friends.
If your child continues dating online, it’s important to have ongoing conversations with them about their use of dating sites to ensure they aren’t exposing themselves to harm.
Make sure they know how to spot the warning signs by discussing this age appropriate advice with them: Who doesn’t enjoy being made to feel special or given lots of attention?
Remember, people often make out they are something different online than who they are in real life, and they may not be the age or even the gender they say they are.
It’s good to be careful about how you share your location on any social media links.
Talk to them about what drew them to online dating, what services they’re using and how they’ve been using them.