Some allow or encourage users to sign up with Facebook, which would theoretically verify your age, but often this is optional and all you have to do is enter a birthday.
Some older online daters have been known to trim a year or two off their ages, so it’s probably safe to assume that determined under-18s could also figure out how to plug in a fake birthdate. Tinder, for example, is officially 13 and has made headlines by admitting that around 7% of its users are between 13 and 17.
But anyone can lie about their age when creating a Facebook profile, giving them access to Tinder’s 7% underage users.
And even if no one’s being dishonest, many parents might not be happy for their 13-year-old to be matched with a 17-year-old – or for their child to be on a dating app at all. Young people have always been curious about sex and relationships, and because so much socialising happens on the internet, online romance might seem like the logical next step.
Meeting other single parents at PTA, church, and school or sports events is a great, non-threatening way to begin.
This article presents some guidelines to help you, your children and your new date be more comfortable, and assure that things go smoothly.
Yet, single parents are dating in unprecedented numbers, so if you’re looking for another head of household to date, you’ll find one.
As a responsible parent, you’ll want to be very cautious about whom you date and eventually bring home for the safety and well-being of your child(ren).
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.