Unless you're single, you might not be familiar with dating apps such as Tinder, where users can quickly swipe through prospective dates.But it's likely your teen knows all about these apps -- even though they're mostly designed for adults.
For starters, although many of the apps aren't intended for them, it's easy for savvy teens to get around registration-related age restrictions. Location-sharing increases the potential for a real-life meeting; less dangerous but still troubling is the heavy emphasis on looks as a basis for judgment.
It's possible that teens are only testing boundaries with these apps.
Many are eager to be on the same wavelength as their 20-something counterparts, and the prospect of meeting someone outside their social circle is exciting.
And with so much of their social life happening online, teens feel comfortable using apps to meet people.
But these apps are not a safe way for them to explore dating.