It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner.Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence.“The worst part for me is the techno aspect of dating for kids now – not forming face to face relationships- sexting – the whole shebang.It makes me scared for teenagers today”, says one mother.A 2011 CDC nationwide survey found that 23% of females and 14% of males who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.A 2013 survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months before they were surveyed. Using a Google search, I found five of the first ten results were teen dating apps.A second search in the App Store brought up 91 results.
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The first result was “Spotafriend”, a Tinder alternative for teens, and the second was called “Hook up Now”. The majority amongst the others were mostly chat apps, with the exception of “spin the bottle” and “Asian flirt & hookup”. According to the company’s Linked In page: “Meet teens near you with Spotafriend, the Tinder alternative for people ages 13-19……and swipe right to accept. Teens today are way more open to different lifestyles and cultures. 19-year-old’s are men and have no business mingling with 13-year-old girls and vice versa.
Because “Spotafriend” was in the top spot, I downloaded it and began to login with my personal Facebook account. Well, this very high tech safe guard sequence was literally me, taking a selfie, holding up three fingers. I’m a 42 year old woman; who is not supposed to be using this app, according to their disclaimer. It’s hard to meet new friends when you’re stuck in school with the same people all day, year after year. And isn’t it up to their parents to expose them to different cultures and lifestyles? Given the fact that kids are in fact having sex younger these days, this combination has danger written all over it. I have to say that at first glance, most photos are relatively innocent looking and very selfie-ish and very few teens bother to write anything about themselves in the description. Do I initiate contact with one of these kids, for the purpose of journalism or just delete the app? I go back to Google and find some pre-press for this app from earlier this year. Built for i Phone, Spotafriend has a security feature to block adults and predators….” Secure my ass! Clearly there is no real safe guard, age restriction or parental control within this app, which frightens me.