Bumble, Hinge, Badoo, Tinder. This may sound like a list of nonsensical words with no connection, but that is exactly what they all have in common – they are all about connection. These are just a few of today’s most popular dating apps.
While many of these apps claim to be 18+, lax age verification settings and registration details mean it is possible for young people to use them. To make matters worse popular teen platforms like TikTok and Instagram have begun using similar features and design styles. This can blur the line between the reason a young person downloads the app and what they end up using it for.
To help you navigate the potential risks a young person may experience on dating apps, our online safety experts have put together the following guidance.