What are these?
These are all a little bit different, but we are going to group them together as part of a collective of apps that are all about dating and/or meeting new people.

Who is on it?
Tens of Millions of people have used these apps to meet/date/hang out or just to strike up online conversations with people.

Would My Child Want It?:
These apps probably won’t get much notice by a grade-schooler, but the older that kids get, the more prevalent these kinds of apps become. Among some circles, they are even often part of everyday conversations. From rating how girls look to meeting new people in your town, these apps have the ability to expose your kids to anyone and everyone who are part of these communities.

Where Can It Be Used?:
These mobile apps can be used on any smartphone or app-driven tablet.

What Should I Watch Out For?:
These apps are used for dating, flirting, messaging, and getting to know others strictly by their in-app profile. Just because your child sees a nice picture of someone on one of these apps doesn’t mean that person is actually real. These apps can have spammers, scammers, or less-than-virtuous users who pose as others in order to strike up conversations with unsuspecting users.

What Are The Positives?:
Since these apps endorse intimate communication with complete strangers while detracting from face-to-face communication with those around you, we find it hard to see any positives in them.

What Are The Negatives?:

  • Fake accounts
  • Stalkers
  • Possible conversations your kids don’t need to have.
  • Inappropriate connections that lead to real-world mistakes.

What We Think:
We would strongly discourage you on having your kids use these apps. At the end of the day, we don’t think using an app for dating is a wise idea for most adults, let alone school-age kids.