Joining Tinder as a 14-Year-Old Girl in Palo Alto Leads to Requests for Sex and Nude Photos in Safer Kid, Inc. Experiment

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PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Safer Kid, Inc. recently conducted an experiment to better understand
what it’s like to join Tinder
as a 14-year-old girl in Palo Alto, California. During the experiment,
no messages were sent, but many were received.

“Basically, it seems that 4-5% of teenage boys in the greater Palo Alto
area think it’s OK to walk up to a 14-year-old girl and ask her for sex
or nude photos,” said Cheyenne Ehrlich, CEO of Safer Kid, Inc. “Nothing
really stood out in the sender’s demographics. They looked like the
average teens you’d see on the street here.”

The company, which has posted a video
about its experiment, estimates that there are between 3.5
and 5 million
13- to 17-year-olds on Tinder. Parents are encouraged
to talk to their children about the risks of using Tinder.

“In some jurisdictions, sending a request for sex or nude photos to a
minor may be enough to be arrested,” continued Ehrlich. “While parents
may have had general conversations about these issues with their kids in
the past, this experiment shows that more needs to be done to educate
teens about the dangers of this behavior.”

Since 30 of the top 200 apps in the social networking category are for
meeting strangers, parents need to know that Tinder is not the only
thing to be concerned about. When searching Google News for child sexual
assaults on various apps, Tinder appears much less frequently than apps
such as Kik,
Grindr,
MeetMe
and Whisper.

SaferKid operates a directory
of more than 200,000 apps of concern for children of all ages and
extensively researches apps with risks associated with bullying and
child sexual assault.

The company’s flagship product, SaferKid,
notifies you if your child or teen installs a dangerous app and explains
why it’s dangerous and how to talk to your child about it.

About Safer Kid, Inc.

Safer Kid, Inc., is a technology company with the mission of eradicating
child endangerment. The company’s first product, SaferKid, notifies
parents if their child or teen installs any of more than 200,000 apps of
concern. SaferKid works on iPhones, iPods and iPads. The company is
headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Contacts

SaferKid
Cheyenne Ehrlich, 808-280-8181
c@saferkid.com