Cost: Free For people who hate the forced feel of a first online date, Doing Something might be the answer.
A possible drawback could be a limited number of users – those figures aren’t available online - but it does look like a good app if music plays a significant part in your life and loves.
Cost: Free Unlike Tinder, Hinge doesn’t let you swipe through an unlimited number of potential matches.
The majority of sex crimes that originated online began in chat rooms. If your child is spending more time online, being more secretive or receives phone calls/texts or mail from people you don’t know (particularly if they live far away) it might be time to have a chat.
Online predators pose as children to gain the trust of young people, targeting games aimed at the age groups of their preferred victims. Online predators gradually lure their victims in, sometimes over a period of years, so it might be so subtle that you don’t notice it.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it couldn’t be truer when dealing with such an important and potentially dangerous issue.
Knowing who your child is talking to, what sites they’re visiting, online groups they have joined and what’s being said is crucial.
It detects and will alert you to interactions with strangers, potential predatory behaviour, sexual messages that are sent or received and images that are shared.
It will also alert you to any cyber-bullying, threatening, sexual, swearing, photos and/or images that are sent or received, and offensive content that it detects on your children’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
But the app has fallen in popularity compared to Tinder, and the fact that you can receive messages from anyone - without matching first - means that your inbox can quickly become clogged with sleaze. It matches you with people based on your location and a shared interest in music.
It can import your favourite tunes from your smartphone or and does the hard work for you by collating matches.
At first people were drawn to the app for its simplicity - users can swipe left to decline and right to approve a date. Now, it seems you can’t go anywhere without meeting couples who got together though it.