Under 18s dating

The site says it will not accept a profile unless the user is 13 or older and that users 13 to 17 can't chat or share photos with users older than 17 -- but there's no age-verification process.5. Meet Me's tagline, "Chat and Meet New People," says it all.

Although not marketed as a dating app, Meet Me does have a "Match" feature where users can "secretly admire" others, and its large user base means fast-paced communication and guaranteed attention.

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.

According to the company's own estimates, about seven percent of Tinder's users are age 13 to 17.

Although adults use these apps both for casual hookups and for scouting out more long-term relationships, they're risky for teens.

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.

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