Does Your Teen Use Dating Apps Like Tinder? They Could Be At Serious Risk

For adults, dating apps like Tinder and Grindr have made it easier to meet and connect with others.

Of course, meeting anyone you only know online comes with some danger, which is why it’s important to take steps to keep yourself safe. But for teenagers who are new to the apps AND dating in general, police and other agencies are saying that the danger is even greater. Here’s what you need to know.

Police in the United Kingdom have noted a steep increase in crimes involving dating apps, with 55 in 2013 and more than 400 in 2016.

It’s not just the U.K. that has a problem with dating app violence, however. Cleveland Rape Crisis Center expert Kirsti Mouncey explains, “Predators are using online dating websites to find victims.” She says that it’s happening all over the United States.

A spokesman for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said, “Dating apps are not safe for children. It’s easy for children to say they are older, or for adults to pretend to be younger.”

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