More predators are now scouring social networking sites, such as My Space and Xanga, because these sites have centralized so much information, Shehan says.A child's profile typically includes photos, personal interests and blogs.With the speed and ease of the Internet, her classmate soon recruited 20 others to bully Handy online. As the ordeal dragged on for months, she dreaded going to school, felt physically ill and saw her grades tumble.No doubt, the Internet can be an extremely useful tool for young people."You don't know what's true and what's not true," Saginaw Township Police Department Lt.John Pelkki said, He said apps like Tinder could be dangerous.Trouble is, how do you know who's behind the app?"You can't know a person's intentions over the internet or online, it's just impossible," Pelkki said.
"It could be dangerous because you don't know if that person is putting a false personality or false profile on Tinder," Jackson said.
Internet Safety Tips Some tips from for responding to cyberbullying: The online world opens the door for trusting young people to interact with virtual strangers - even people they'd normally cross the street to avoid in real life.
About 1 in 7 kids have been sexually solicited online, says John Shehan, Cyber Tipline program manager for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia.
Then, if two people like each other, the Tinder match can then message one another.
Users can log on to the app and swipe right if they like a person.The Cyber Tipline helps prevent sexual exploitation of children by reporting cases of kids enticed online to do sexual acts.