Tinder – What every parent should know


If you search the web, you’ll discover that Tinder is all about hooking up and still the age restriction to use the app is only 12. This dating app just functions like a game; once you install the app, you’ll be invited to post a flattering photo of yourself and will request access to your location. When you are done with that, you can browse profiles of people nearby you and if you like someone, you tap the green heart. If they like you back, you’ll get a notification about your match and will open up a chat feature so that you can know each other better.

There are several problems with this app, firstly it accesses tween’s Geo-location as the purpose of this app is to find someone you can meet up in real life. Secondly, your tween can be liked by anybody and this will lead him or her into temptation. All the features of this app to make it a perfect tool for online predators and pedophiles.


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About the Author

Clayton Cranford
Clayton Cranford is a retired Sergeant from Orange County Sheriff's Department in California and owner of Total Safety Solutions LLC. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media, child safety, and behavioral threat assessments. Clayton is the author of the definitive book on cyber safety for families, “Parenting in the Digital World.” Clayton has more than 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the 2015 American Legion Medal of Merit. Clayton was a member of the County's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, School Resource Officer program, and Juvenile Bureau.