Tinder: Not a Safe online Dating app for Youth                                      

Tinder is an online dating and geosocial networking app that presents serious dangers, especially for youth. The app encourages in-person meetings and promotes sex, drawing in predators who specifically target teens.

Unfortunately, many scammers and predators create fake profiles and know exactly how to manipulate their targets. They often use photos to reveal a teen’s exact location, and can easily access personal information, such as phone numbers, leading to phishing attacks, malware installation, and social engineering attacks.

It’s essential that parents and guardians talk to their children about the risks of using Tinder.  They should never share personal information with anyone on Tinder until they get to know them.  They should be aware of the warning signs of scammers and predators, such as a lack of verifiable information, perfect pictures, and quick lies.

Additionally, it’s important to note that Tinder now monitors conversations using AI algorithms, potentially compromising your child’s privacy.

The bottom line is that Tinder is not a safe app for children, and parents should discourage its use. By being aware of the dangers and taking the necessary precautions, you can help protect your children from the risks associated with this app.