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Teen Online Dating - Bad Idea?

Aug 17, 2007
To many parents, protecting their children is an instinct that all parents have. Thus when parents hear about bad press about teen online dating, their immediate respond is to say "NO". They think that there are a lot of dangers involved and how their young might be at risk.

Of course, there will be some dangers lurking online. However the danger is same as to whether you are 16, 25, 35 or even 65. However if proper precaution is taken, significant risks can be reduced and online dating can be a fun way to meet alot of friends.

The Dangers
When it comes to the internet, teenagers may think that they are safe and in no danger at all. I am here to say, that is completely false and wrong! When you log into the internet millions of people can access your information if they know how to work the system and figure things out that you didn't know. Identity theft is a big and growing problem and teen dating sites are like an open door to a mansion for these thieves. When a teen is in an online dating service you may want to monitor them and make sure they aren't telling people where they live or any numbers at all!

Be Safe
The most important thing to do before registering with a teen online dating site is making sure it is a safe place. It is advisable that you stick to reputable sites. Otherwise make sure that there haven't been a lot of reports of fraud or security issues. If you join a site that has a lot of issues with online stalkers or identity thefts I would advise you not to join that site. Never give out any personal information to another member, ever! Do not give out your phone number or address of where you live. Stalkers and criminals feed of this information and try their hardest to get it. Don't let them get the satisfaction of tricking you. Even if you know the person then they should know what you have told them already. A users profile can be easily imitated or hacked to give you the impression it's your old friend from Jr. High.

With the online dating services targeting to a diverse groups of people, teen online dating services provide a lot of things for the teen between the ages of 13 to 19. Some of these services can be the best thing to hit teen online dating. A word of caution to all teens, before entering the world of teen online dating, just make sure your parents know what you are doing, who you are talking to, and all the cons and pros of the site.

It may seem like "uncool" but trust me, this not only makes your parent trust you but makes your online dating a safe and fun one!
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