Tinder is a dating app that was released in 2012. It features GPS targeting also known as Tinder Tracker, traditional online dating and instant messaging. Users access profiles of potential matches within their geographical area and can swipe right to show interest or swipe left if not interested. A match occurs when two users swipe right on each other’s profile.
When there’s a match, each user gains access to the other person’s identity, after that, they can chat, exchange messages and arrange a meeting. The superficial and simple nature of the app is what makes it appealing to thousands, not to mention the instant online connection that comes with it.
According to the previous Tinder CEO, the app is a mimic of a real life in the sense that photos are used to create the initial first impression. Tinder has more than 50 million active users on a monthly basis, with 26 million matches and 1.6 billion swipes daily.
If your child is using Tinder, it’s important to know the kind of people they are talking to. Teenagers aged from 13 to 17 years old make up 7% of all Tinder users. 18 to 24-year-olds comprise 51% of all users, 25 to 32-year-olds make up 32%, 35 to 44-year-olds 6.5% and users less than 45 years old make up 3.5%. The 7% of teenagers comprise about 3.5 million active teens on Tinder.
There is a concern that users younger than 13 years can register on the app. However, Tinder’s spokesperson stated that a few measures were in place to protect them. For instance, a user can only contact a fellow user with whom they have a match (and, thus, consent) and those aged from 13 to 17 can only connect with other users of the same age group.
Despite these measures, your child is still at risk because people can easily lie about their year of birth, especially the ones with ill motives. After all, there’s nothing to prevent Tinder users from lying about their birth dates. Since age-restricted content doesn’t give underage children access, about 44% of teenagers have had to lie about their ages to gain access.
Sexual predators, troll, pedophiles and ‘sextortionists’ can also lie about their birth dates to connect to profiles of teenagers. Tinder is also commonly used by users to hook up for no-strings-attached sexual encounters, which isn’t good for your teen child. Your child is also at risk of cyber-bullying and sexual harassment; the latter is common against girls and can impair their self-esteem.
Tinder itself has also had employees sue each other for sexism and sexual harassment. Today, teenagers use intimate relationships to define their popularity, personality, social rank and even value, making Tinder a dangerous app for teenagers. It connects users who make a match, lets them hook up and sext. As a result, teens risk engaging in unhealthy behaviors that they don’t have the maturity to handle.
Since Tinder location tracker also tracks the location of its users, your teenager is even at more risk. Therefore, you need to monitor your child’s activities online. Talk to your teen about the dangers of sexting and talking to strangers online, and how they can protect their reputation online. If you don’t want your child to meet strangers and you’re sure they aren’t ready to date then Tinder isn’t for them.
This is why parents need a virtual assistant, which can remotely help them watch over their kids without disturbing and annoying with embarrassing questions such as “Who’s that guy?”, “Did you guys meet up?”, “Why does he write so often?”. In order to save trust and the sharing spirit of relationships, parents may use mSpy parental control app to track their teen’s online matches, contacts, settings, and chats. They also need to come up with rules to guide their kids’ online activities.
Contact us for more information on how you can protect your child online and from dating apps.