Meeting and chatting to others online is a normal part of life for most teenagers, but using online dating services could put them at risk. So much of a teenager’s social life happens online and many feel really comfortable using the internet to meet people.
The opportunity to meet and flirt with people outside their immediate social circle can be hugely exciting to a young person, particularly at a time where they are exploring their understanding of sex and relationships.
Talk to them about what drew them to online dating, what services they’re using and how they’ve been using them.
Understanding and listening to their perspective might help you express your concerns.
We know this is a tactic that many offenders use to gain the trust of a young person quickly.