Under 18 dating
“We want people to be safe,” says Rosette Pambakian, Tinder’s vice president of global communica- tions and branding. In 2012 the meeting app Skout temporarily suspended its under-18 section, which had safeguards similar to Tinder’s, after adult men were accused of raping and sexually assaulting minors in three separate incidents.
“If you’re not lying about your age, we’re not showing you 40-year-olds.” Still, teens can easily circum- vent this hurdle by lying about their age on Facebook, which is how Tinder authenticates new users (the minimum age to join Facebook is 13). According to Augusta Nissly, the program coordinator for Family Online Safety Institute, lying is one of the most dangerous things you can do when using dating apps. They allegedly pretended to be under 18 in order to lure their victims.
This past August she started interning for Bumble—the app works like Tinder, but only women are allowed to initiate conversations—which entails promoting it at her school.
If both teens swipe right, then they’re connected within the app, where they can privately chat.
An app called Spotafriend mimics the Tinder experience, but is exclusively available for teenagers between the ages of 13-19.“Allowing teens to use a dating app with a largely adult population is simply a bad idea: it invites danger.
We’re happy to see that Tinder is drawing this line, and we believe it will make younger users much safer,” says Spotafriend’s creator, Benoit Tessier.
Alyssa didn’t meet this man at school or the mall—she met him on Tinder, the location-based dating app that lets you swipe right for “like” and left for “pass.” Once two people swipe right on each other, they’re matched and can send messages and move the interaction from online to IRL.
The company won’t reveal its exact number of users, but it did disclose that 2.5 percent are people ages 13 to 17.