Some major dating apps connect through Facebook and display some of your public information to potential matches.Limit this shared information by updating your Facebook – and other social accounts’ – privacy settings and keeping as little information public as possible.This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but scammers can be creative and convincing as they try to steal your identity.Teach your kids to never send their Social Security numbers, bank information or any usernames and passwords to anyone they’ve met online.
Do everything in your power to make sure your teen or young adult knows they can talk to you about online dating.
They can reverse-search the pictures they have on the app as well using a search engine; if the search pulls up images connected to different social media accounts, the pictures were likely stolen from someone else.
Be sure the date happens during daylight hours and in a public place – your children shouldn’t invite a date to your home, and they shouldn’t go to their dates’ houses at first.
Hilary Bird is a digital journalist who writes about the things that fascinate her the most: relationships, technology and how they impact each other.
As more and more people become more and more reliant on their tech devices, Hilary wants to help them stay safe and understand how these devices will reshape the way we communicate.