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One of the big issues with teens on these online meeting sites is the sexual content of the conversations, messages, and pictures. In Teen Dating Websites: Really, Internet?! from Raising America, the girl that created a membership to one of these types of sites got a message asking for nudes. Many of the girls on these websites are asked for pictures from people sometimes twice their age. This is illegal. Possessing naked pictures of anyone not of legal age can be classified as child pornography, even if the other person sent it willingly. On Mylol.com in the terms and conditions it states that you are not allowed to post or send messages or pictures containing sexual content. The website says that making sexual innuendos or propositions “will get your account deleted and reported to your local police. Seriously don't do it.” They do not however, report the number of people who have had their accounts deleted because of inappropriate behavior.
Online dating may appear to be an interesting place to meet new people that have similar interests as you but it can also be very dangerous. There are many people out there that could be lying to you and you would never know! There are also many circumstances that could get you in legal trouble. Are these risks worth it to try and find someone online that can relate to you? Chances are, there is someone that has similar hobbies and feelings as you do that you have not met yet. I would suggest staying away from online dating/meeting until you are older because of the safety risks, plus you have your whole life ahead of you to meet the person of your dreams.
Thank you all for your constructive comments and feedback. I enjoyed listening to all of your points of view on Teen Online Dating / Meeting. It would be interesting to see the number of people that start relationships on websites like Instagram and Facebook. I still believe that teenagers should not be looking for love on the Internet yet because of the safety risks and the safety of their personal information. Plus, teenagers still have the majority of their life to live, so I do not think they need to worry about meeting their soul mate yet. I also think it would have been interesting if I had done more research on other websites that are for teen dating to see what their privacy and safety policies are. Your comments helped me get a better perspective of people's opinions on online dating. So far no one has encouraged it. Many people think that adult online dating is all right. When do we become old enough to start online dating. Personally I think it is a choice that you must recognize the risks you could be subjecting yourself to by trying online dating, and you should be mature enough to try online dating. Since there is no such thing as a "maturity test", I think you must evaluate your own behavior and actions and see if you are fit to try online dating or not. I would like to thank my teacher for instructing us and teaching us about the digital world. I learned a lot about the digital world and how I effect it. I enjoyed learning how to blog, a different type of writing from a typical essay for school, and I also feel like I learned about my own personal digital footprint and how it can effect my future also.