Online dating for teens 13 and older
A fake Tinder profile set up as a 13-year-old girl attracted sexual messages within the first minutes of signing up, a shocking investigation has revealed.The profile, going by the name ‘Amy’, matched with 200 males and received messages from 122 of them.
One man even said in his profile that he was 24 years old and was ‘laughing at the internet’.I mean seconds into matching on that app we were having explicitly sexual messages sent.It wasn’t a conversation that escalated into that, it was direct requests for sex from the very off and worse later on.’ Child protection expert Jim Gamble said parents should check what apps their children are using and prevent them using dating apps.‘No child at 13 should be on a dating site,’ he said.One 16 year old said to her: ‘I think your [sic] really hot.. ’ The investigation was set up by an undercover Good Morning Britain producer who ran the profile for one week. ’ Men offer rent for free in sleazy online adverts In total, eight males directly asked the child for sex.Four requested photos and two requested nude photos.
One in five males had partial nude photos on their profiles and five males asked the girl to message them through an untrackable encrypted app.
The revelation comes after Tinder banned under 18s from using the service, coming into effect from next week.
Tinder said this policy had been under review for some time and was not related to the investigation.
she was happy Tinder were changing their policy but she was still concerned about other apps.
‘We need to be questioning why dating apps for under 18 year olds actually exist and this is good news what Tinder has done, it’s a step in the right direction.
It isn’t the end of the story, there are other apps out there and until we have concrete age verification across all platforms this is good, but not the answer.’ Athene Hunt, the producer who posed as the girl, said: ‘It was absolutely shocking.