(Skout is rated 12 and has a 13 age requirement.) Lulu: Lulu is an app that lets its female users anonymously rate and review men they have dated or gone out with.
(Grindr is rated 17 and has an 18 age requirement.) Skout: Skout is a location-based app that allows users to connect with others in their area and their “Meet Me” feature allows users to flip through and see who’s nearby.
Users can send each other pictures, “wink” at each other, chat, send gifts, and get alerts when other users come online.
(Tingle is rated 17 and has an 18 age requirement.) Some of the services these apps offer may seem a little salacious.
But instead of panicking or jumping to conclusions, use what you just read to have a conversation with your teen.
Ask them if they or their friends use any of these apps.
Ask them what stories they have heard or what experiences they have had personally.
Finding one’s community is integral to adolescent development.
There are tips for how to help teens distinguish those here. Today’s teens are flirting in an entirely different landscape.
Sure, they are still flirting in hallways and movie theaters but they are also flirting over text message, social media, and apps specifically designed for flirting and dating.
I can guarantee it will be awkward but you are setting yourself up to be the trusted, informed adult – something that will only serve you both should anything “like totally embarrassing” happen online.