Online dating for teens 13 and older
Honestly, it’s not so much the move that’s shocking, it’s the fact that there were 13-year-olds using the app to begin with – according to a report, there was about one million users age 13 to 17 on the site. Tinder’s reasoning for allowing under-18s to use the app was to allow them to make new friends and connect with people – which was pretty naive of them.Although anyone between 13 and 17 was only allowed to match with others within that age bracket, people – refer to the aforementioned creeps – can use fake profiles or change their age on Facebook to pass themselves off as a teenager in order to pray on barely legals.Of course, kids have also taken a dip in the adult Tinder pool by lying about their age, as several Reddit threads report.Online dating is seedy enough without it being a breeding ground for sexual predators and rebellious teenagers, and Tinder’s decision reflects policies already in place by one of their competitors, Bumble, and other dating sites such as Ok Cupid and Match.com, which all enforce an adults-only restriction.The app has two separate communities – one for 18+ and one for younger teens aged 13-17.Ever since the app was launched in 2012, child protection campaigners have been cautious of the age limits, and rightly so.
The 13-17 category is no more, and Tinder will ban anyone under the age of consent saying in an official statement it’s their “responsibility” to do so.
Given the hook-up nature of the app, this only seems logical.