Apparently 1 in 5 relationships now begins online, so if teens are interested, maybe it’s because they’re following our example.
For all their interest in sex and relationships, teens can be quite shy about actually speaking to the people they fancy.
Some adults may use online dating specifically to target children, and because these services are focused on sex and relationships, young people who use them could be more vulnerable to this kind of exploitation. Some medical professionals have linked online dating with increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia. It’s a good idea to talk to your children about sexual health before it becomes an issue, so they’ll be able to stay safe when the time comes. It may be worth raising the topic of online dating with your child.
If you’re not sure where to begin, you might start by saying you’ve read something about it and asking what they think.
Single parent dating involves finding a quality person you like, who likes you, and who is comfortable with your children.
These extra dynamics can be frustrating, but should not be ignored or overlooked.
Note: As of June 2016, Tinder has changed its age limit to 18 .Be prepared to listen, but make sure to explain the risks of meeting people you don’t know and to emphasise that these services are meant for adults.Sexual communication with a child is a criminal offence, so let them know that adults who want to talk about sex are breaking the law and shouldn’t be trusted.Meeting other single parents at PTA, church, and school or sports events is a great, non-threatening way to begin.The public setting provides safety, a chance to get to know the other person, and to find out what others think of him or her.