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He advises that parents “require full access to [your teen’s] dating app so you can monitor their activity . Many dating apps begin with superficial judgements of looks and personality, which means online dating profiles can be prime targets for malicious cyberbullying. one study of Tinder use by 18- to 21-year-olds found that only 4 percent were looking for a relationship, versus 22 percent looking for a hookup.

A 13-year-old using a dating app versus a 19-year-old using the same platform is a night and day difference. He says, “Many apps are specifically designed for individuals 18 and over . So a teen using Tinder would be exposed to mostly older people matching and messaging them looking for a hookup.” Depending on the age of your teen, you might want to prevent them from dating online until they’re mature enough to recognize the difference between someone interested in a real relationship and someone who’s just interested in a hookup.

According to Alexis Germany at Reflex Media, “Teenagers are logging onto dating apps [and websites] specifically designed for those over the age of 18.

In fact, 29 percent of teenagers who use dating apps admitted they had been in touch with someone over the age of 18.” Whether you’re for or against online dating—after all, it helps millions of people find a perfect match each year—the following details can help you decide what’s right for you and your teen.

Unless you monitor your child’s every move on dating apps, they can easily get mixed up in something negative.