According to the company's own estimates, about seven percent of Tinder's users are age 13 to 17.Although adults use these apps both for casual hookups and for scouting out more long-term relationships, they're risky for teens.

Keep lines of communication open; talk to them about how they approach dating and relationships and how to create a healthy, fulfilling one -- and note that they usually don't start with a swipe.1. This flirting app allows users to sign up as a teen or an adult.

They're then placed in the appropriate peer group, where they can post to a feed, comment on others' posts, add pictures and chat.

They'll get notifications when other users near their geographic area join, and they can search other areas by cashing in points.

Many are eager to be on the same wavelength as their 20-something counterparts, and the prospect of meeting someone outside their social circle is exciting.

And with so much of their social life happening online, teens feel comfortable using apps to meet people.

But these apps are not a safe way for them to explore dating.

If you learn your teen is using dating apps, take the opportunity to talk about using social media safely and responsibly -- and discuss what's out of bounds.

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