Also, the teens need to have a permission form their parents before using this website. Crush Zone– Free social network specifically for the age group of 13-21 that works on desktop, tablets and smart phones.Teen Say – This website is a teen forum where people can carry out long conversations about the their lives and make new friends. This dating website has been growing since its start and has a wide network of teens in different countries.MYLOL – With more than300, 000 teen users this website has passed the milestone of popularity in many countries.
The verification process on this website is clearly legit which makes sure that there are no fake profile users on this website.
According to Jocelyn Brewer, a Psychologist who works mainly with adolescents, it’s not so much that parents should be worried, but more that they just need to be very aware.“It’s definitely the case that even for teens using social media sites who are not specifically looking to hook up, such advances and suggestions happen.
The very nature of social media after all is that it encourages communication and connection, which may well lead to IRL (in real life) meet ups.
Obviously the level of this communication and connection is probably not the quality ones most parents would prefer.”Brewer highlights that the key for parents is to maintain awareness around everything that their child is doing online and believes that whilst this isn’t necessarily a trend that is hugely popular at the present time, it could well be something that we see increase in the future as children get more sexualised and more emphasis is put on sex and sex acts as a ‘currency’ to prove a child’s worth and skill.
Susan Mc Lean, Australia’s leading expert in cyber safety and young people, echoes much of the advice given by Brewer and is quite clear in expressing the importance of the role of parenting in the age of the internet and social media.“The Internet has allowed people to connect with anyone and everyone, and children and young people are earlier adopters of technology.