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This is much safer and it’s a better way to build a friendship and possibly a relationship over time.Sexual communication with a child is a criminal offence.While people of all ages should use caution, meeting strangers online presents a particular danger to adolescents.Teens may exude social media-savvy, but they’re prone to risky behavior. And they often aren’t developmentally ready to spot red flags, says Christine Elgersma, senior editor of parenting education for .Remind your child that they should never do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. At NCA-CEOP, we’ve been told by offenders that another tactic they use is to look for young people who use a sexy username, post sexy pictures or talk about sex online.If they are being made to feel this way, they should tell you. Young people might do these things because they’re naturally curious about sex and relationships, but it can make offenders think they’ll be open to sexual behaviour and could put them at risk.

Here, NCA-CEOP tells parents what they should know So much of a teenager’s social life happens online and many feel really comfortable using the internet to meet people.

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 FBI has reported multiple cases of adult men sexually exploiting minors they met on mobile apps. But when we asked teens about dating apps, they brushed off the idea that teens were using them. A high school junior offered, “Lots of my friends use Instagram to meet and start a relationship.” This was echoed by several other teens, who all agreed that commenting or liking a stranger’s (or a friend of a friend’s) social media posts might lead to in-person meetups later.

The majority of online dating apps and websites are designed for adults, but even those which are for teens can present risks to young people if they choose to use them.

As popular as online dating has become, it’s not a good idea for young people and isn’t a safe way for children to explore relationships.

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