In its terms and conditions, states its “private messaging system is built to detect a huge range of suspicious sexually explicit keywords...
[to] see if any users are trying to engage in any illegal or inappropriate activity”.
Safety precautions outlined on the site describe screening for 'suspicious sexually oriented keywords', photographs, chat room moderation, user blocking and a reporting function for people acting inappropriately.
But Claire Lilley, head of online safety at the NSPCC, said the children’s charity is “deeply disturbed that sexual predators could use teen dating apps and websites to target young people.
Allowing adults and children to mix on services that are blatantly about flirting and relationships has the potential to put children at risk of abuse.”Last year a 28-year-old man was jailed for nine years after he groomed two girls aged 14 and 15 on mylol.com, which was described by the NSPCC as a “playground for paedophiles”.
Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence. Dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.
Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.