Users can upload pictures and they can post any information about themselves that they want including how to reach them in the real world.
The sites are not monitored on an individual basis but instead operate under a complaint system.
She says that teens she knows often meet online by contacting each other through Facebook and by commenting on each other’s Twitter feeds and Instagram photos. If that person “likes” you back, it’s time for a digital chat.
According to that story, “students initiate relationships online to meet new people, avoid stressful in-person meetings and hide their dating lives from their parents.” That’s certainly the case for some kids, according to my 17-year-old.“Safety has to be first and foremost,” she wrote in a 2013 post.“Parents need to help their teens understand that all is not necessarily as it seems; they need to be extremely careful with what they share online.” Cover image courtesy of Flickr.These sites are not dating sites and, unlike reputable online dating services, the friendship building sites rarely screen users.All it takes to become a member is a username, a password and 5 minutes to build a profile.