They may try to trick a young person into believing that they are trustworthy, that they are a friend or they may even pretend that they are the same age.Many popular dating apps allow the user to share their location or chat to people in their area – this increases the potential for a ‘real-life’ meeting.Sexual communication with a child is a criminal offence.Make sure your child knows that adults who want to talk about sex are doing something wrong and should be reported.
Websites like friendster.com, facebook.com, and cater to teens and young adults who want to meet other people.
If you do find out your child has shared something, try not topanic.
Watch these short films created by CEOP which will help you understand why they might have done it, how to talk to them about it and where to get help should you need it.
Talk to them about what drew them to online dating, what services they’re using and how they’ve been using them.
Understanding and listening to their perspective might help you express your concerns.