But these apps are not a safe way for them to explore dating.
If you learn your teen is using dating apps, take the opportunity to talk about using social media safely and responsibly -- and discuss what's out of bounds.
Keep lines of communication open; talk to them about how they approach dating and relationships and how to create a healthy, fulfilling one -- and note that they usually don't start with a swipe.1. This flirting app allows users to sign up as a teen or an adult.
They'll get notifications when other users near their geographic area join, and they can search other areas by cashing in points.
They receive notifications when someone "checks" them out but must pay points to see who it is.
is probably the safest choice, if only because it has a teens-only section that seems to be moderated reasonably well.
However, ages aren't verified, making it easy for a teen to say she's older than 18 and an adult to say she's younger. You swipe right to "like" a photo or left to "pass." If a person whose photo you "liked" swipes "like" on your photo, too, the app allows you to message each other.
Meeting up (and possibly hooking up) is pretty much the goal.3. This adults-only app for online dating-style social networking boasts more than 200 million users worldwide.
The app (and the companion desktop version) identifies the location of a user by tracking his or her device's location and then matches pictures and profiles of potentially thousands of people the user could contact in the surrounding area. Badoo is definitely not for kids; its policy requests that no photos of anyone under 18 be posted.
However, content isn't moderated, and lots of sexual images show up as you browse.4. This app started as a website over 10 years ago and has gone through lots of iterations since.
It currently exists as a location-based app that shows you the hottest -- or most attractive per their rating system -- people nearby. Users must first set up an account of their own, with photos -- and must verify their identity with a working email address or a Facebook account and their mobile phones.
Unless you're single, you might not be familiar with dating apps such as Tinder, where users can quickly swipe through prospective dates.
But it's likely your teen knows all about these apps -- even though they're mostly designed for adults.
According to the company's own estimates, about seven percent of Tinder's users are age 13 to 17.