Facebook Teen Dating Groups

This is a very scary story on Teen Dating Groups on Facebook.  From this article, you can see how easy it is for teens, especially underage ones, can join these sites and be exposed to things that would terrify a parent.  Moreover, these groups are conducive to attracting pedophiles.

Below is an excerpt from the article on DailyMail.com and a link to the full story…

“Suggestive selfies, requests to send naked images and links to pornography sounds like the kind of thing you might be unlucky enough to encounter on a dating site for adults.

But this is the kind of material that is alarmingly prevalent on teen dating groups on Facebook, where children claiming to be as young as 12 post messages looking for new people to chat to and date – something which a children’s charity has called ‘a paedophile’s playground’.

Using a fake profile, supposedly belonging to a 16-year-old, FEMAIL joined 10 teen dating groups and discovered links to explicit content, requests for naked pictures and people who appeared to be younger than the legal age of consent as well as others who seemed well over the age of 18.

A search on Facebook, which states users must be 13 or over to join, reveals that there are dozens of teen dating groups – something which the NSPCC has urged the site to urgently review.

Although there may be many more if those that are ‘secret’, meaning they won’t come up in a search, are taken into account.

Some groups are public, meaning anyone of any age from around the world can join instantly with no approval or checks needed – something which has shocked the charity.

Others groups closed and people must send a request to join.

But with many apparently set up by teenagers themselves, who act as admins to weed out bullying, there is no guarantee that they are performing thorough checks to ensure anyone who joins is actually within that age bracket.

The NSPCC says they will ‘almost certainly not be limited to that age group’.

Although Facebook says its admins are active and they are encourage to report any unsuitable content which will swiftly be deleted.

Teens Dating 17+ 100 is one of the public groups, meaning anyone on Facebook can join and post – something which the NSPCC said would ‘horrify any parent’.”

See the rest of the article on DailyMail…
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3451925/Inside-murky-world-Facebook-s-teen-dating-groups.html

2016-10-25T14:53:28+00:00February 21st, 2016|

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