Parents on line dating
Online dating has made its way to teens, with disastrous results.
In 2012, 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. A 17-year-old New Jersey senior agreed that it’s very uncommon, and added that apps like Tinder are “usually used ironically.”According to teens, the real way to meet romantic prospects online is through their own traditional social media accounts.
The number of e users who identify themselves as 45 years or older and divorced has more than doubled in the past eight years, says Gian Gonzaga, senior researcher for the site, which has had 20 million members since it started in 2000.
Registered users ages 45-64 jumped 9 percent from 2007-2008, Becky Teraoka, the site's public relations manager said.
The site contains some sexually explicit photos and no effective age verification, according to the review.
Some other dating and friend-finding apps have restrictions that are supposed to protect teen users.
But she ran into an unexpected obstacle: her daughter, April, 31, who became furious with her mother for even trying after she launched her Internet search for men last spring.
"Every time I would go online, she'd have a hissy fit, and say I wasn't safe, and yadda yadda," says Potter, a nursing instructor from Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
But the solution is the same, whether we’re talking about Tinder, Instagram, My LOL or the latest yet-to-be-invented app.
My LOL, which calls itself “the #1 teen dating site in the U.