This is one of the things about the internet: young people under 13 can pretend to older and join social media and older people can pretend to be younger to go on the sorts of sites where they can interact with young people 'It's worrying - massively so,' she said.'It just astounds me because anyone who joins will be a honeypot for someone who wants to exploit children.
Among teens with dating experience, boys and girls are equally likely to say they have met someone online, and younger and older teens are equally likely to have experienced this as well. Teens also avail themselves of the search capacities of the internet to connect to more information about romantic prospects.Using a fake profile, supposedly belonging to a 16-year-old, FEMAIL joined 10 teen dating groups on Facebook.A girl of 14 posted this selfie on the Teens Dating 17 100 group, which is public meaning that anyone, regardless of their age, is free to join and post But with many apparently set up by teenagers themselves, who act as admins to weed out bullying, there is no guarantee that they are performing thorough checks to ensure anyone who joins is actually within that age bracket.The messages often spread quickly and sometimes find their way to public Web sites.• Click here for FOXNews.com's Personal Technology Center.Overall, 4% of all teens ages 13 to 14 have dated someone they met online, compared with 11% of all teens ages 15 to 17. A little more than one quarter (28%) of teens have searched for information online about someone they were currently dating or interested in.