Online teen dating seems to be ready made for concern. Online dating has made its way to teens, with disastrous results. In , the friend-finding and dating app Skout temporarily shut down its teen component after three teen users reported that men posing as teenagers on the app raped and sexually assaulted them. The FBI has reported multiple cases of adult men sexually exploiting minors they met on mobile apps. This is serious stuff.
And many teenagers welcome the opportunity to exchange awkward face-to-face interactions with online dating. Not all online romances are the same. Some involve online chats and phone calls only, while others include in-person meetings. Either way, there are some dangers of online dating parents should know about. The cyber world offers solace to teens who feel shy and awkward about engaging in face-to-face conversations with a potential love interest. A shy teen , for example, may boldly approach new people in an online chat room.
AskMen may get paid if you click a link in this article and buy a product or service. Not so long ago, finding someone to date as a teenager meant you were limited to whoever you crossed paths with at your high school or college, or through whatever extracurricular activities you were involved in. Your potential next girlfriend could have been a town or two over, attending a different school than you. But, you'd never have the opportunity to ever meet her unless you ran into her somewhere quite literally.