We're a superficial bunch, but it's the name of the game when it comes to online dating.
At the very least, a decent photo will get your foot in the door (after that it's up to you not to be weird and divulge that you clip your toenails in bed…gross).
But Vondie Lozano, licensed marriage and family therapist, has some other not-so-obvious flags to add to the list.
Self-description: If the user name or headline is weird, overtly sexual or otherwise inappropriate — Bangyourdaddy, 69Reasons — you can stop there, says Trish Mc Dermott, a founding team member of
Discuss their phone and app security settings and encourage them to check them on a regular basis.
If they are meeting friends, encourage them to use private messaging or text messages to make the arrangements.
This can be positive or negative depending on the nature of the community created.
Since users access these sites from their own homes, they can sometimes forget that the internet is really a public space.
When posting using an app with this feature enabled, your location is accurately pinpointed on the apps virtual map, posing a potential risk.
We recommend all parents and guardians take some time to talk to their children and young people about the risks associated with revealing your location via social media apps.
A private messaging app that takes from your existing social media profiles and adds them to your “bubble.” The content is posted for all of your friends to see.