Online Dating Apps Present Dangers To Children
A man who met adult women and under-age females on an online dating site was charged with several counts of sexual assault. According to investigators in the case, there were at least eight victims and possibly more.
The perpetrator met some of his victims on MetMe, an online dating site. One victim reported that the defendant sexually assaulted her, threatening her with a knife. Marla Carter "Dating app rape suspect accused of sexually assaulting teen" abc13.com (Nov. 21, 2018).
- The teen will be secretive, especially with his or her device. Does your teen hide his or her device? Has your teen changed the password you set?
- The teen receives texts, phone calls, and emails from people you don't know. There will be porn sites in the teen's browser, and perhaps pornographic images on the teen's devices.
- Save the suspicious communications, and block the senders.
- Notify law enforcement or your local child protection agency.
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