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.
It also contains public groups that host a wide variety of mature content.
What parents need to know: Although not an official hook-up app, Kik is known for creating hook-up opportunities; having a ton of mature content, including nudity and drug use; and even hosting child-porn trading groups.
At this point, most parents would say "no way" and stop reading right now.
But these apps are a fact of life for many teens (especially LGBTQ youth who may not have a supportive community at school).
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.
Keep lines of communication open, especially since teens sometimes hide these apps in "vaults" or apps that look harmless (such as a calculator).
Unlike many messengers, they don't need to enter a phone number to sign up.
You may now see our list and photos of women who are in your area and meet your preferences.
Again, please keep their identity a secret Click on the "Continue" button search with your zip/postal code.
What parents need to know: You can log in to both Hot or Not and Badoo using email or Facebook.
If you sign up via email, you have to enter a birth date that indicates you're over 18, though there's no verification.Talk to them about how they approach dating and relationships and how to create a healthy, fulfilling one -- and note that these usually require more than a swipe.