Note that this is by no means an exhaustive list, and there are plenty more like these in the app stores.
Hot or Not: This app was originally a website (and still is) and has gone through lots of iterations.
It's also difficult for parents to see what teens are doing in the app, so it's hard to make sure your teen is using it safely. Meet Me: Meet Me's tagline, "Meet, chat, and have fun with new people," says it all. Skout and Meet Me are affiliated, so users can share their profiles between them.
There are several ways to interact with other users: You can chat with locals, watch livestreams (or go live yourself), chat, or use the "Quick" feature to "meet people face-to-face right now." Users can also give each other virtual gifts that cost real money.
Teens can set the age preference of potential matches anywhere from 18 to 80, and most matches during testing were about 50 miles away.
Kik: Part text-messaging app, part social network, Kik gives users the opportunity to talk to both friends and strangers.
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.
Again, please keep their identity a secret Click on the "Continue" button search with your zip/postal code.
You can try to prevent your teen from installing dating apps by using parental controls or setting up restrictions that block off-limit sites or require them to get approval for all apps they download (learn how to do this in i OS and Android).
These solutions aren't foolproof, but they add a layer of difficulty that some teens may deem too high.
Teens can use settings to let only friends see their profiles, but they can filter who can chat with them only by gender and age. What parents need to know: There are plenty of scantily clad teens here, too, and one profile for a "17-year-old" indicated she's actually 32.
Also, there are profiles with no pictures, so it's impossible to tell the user's age at all.
It also contains public groups that host a wide variety of mature content.