Teens can set the age preference of potential matches anywhere from 18 to 80, and most matches during testing were about 50 miles away.Kik: Part text-messaging app, part social network, Kik gives users the opportunity to talk to both friends and strangers.It's also meant for "teens only," but entering a birth date is optional.When registering, it requires a selfie of you holding up a certain number of fingers, but the profile picture doesn't need to match that photo.A few profiles had references to marijuana use, and many teens shared their handles for other social media platforms, making more personal information available to strangers.Skout: The Skout app and site offer several ways to connect with other users, including "saying hi" via someone's profile, watching livestreams (or going live), chatting with people who have "liked" you back, or using the "Buzz" feature to access a feed of local users (that appears to be a Facebook feed) who are mostly posting selfies. What parents need to know: In its Safety Tips section, Skout claims to separate teens from adults so they can't interact, but that no longer seems to be the case.It's owned by the developers of Badoo, another dating app/site, and they share many dating profiles between them.They both rely on swiping left or right and location sharing and are almost exactly the same in terms of how they look and function.
If you sign up via email, you have to enter a birth date that indicates you're over 18, though there's no verification.
Note that this is by no means an exhaustive list, and there are plenty more like these in the app stores.
Hot or Not: This app was originally a website (and still is) and has gone through lots of iterations.
What parents need to know: Though a list of safety tips pops up when you log in, there's a ton of mature content, an emphasis on meeting strangers, and various ways to spend money.
During our review there were lots of scantily clad women livestreaming and lots of profiles with various drugs as one of the profile pictures.
When you ask a couple how they met, it's pretty common for them to answer, "On the internet." So, it's no surprise that online dating has trickled down to teens.