We will always be greatful to you Dan for bringing us together!
Unless you're single, you might not be familiar with dating apps such as Tinder, where users can quickly swipe through prospective dates.
Although adults use these apps both for casual hookups and for scouting out more long-term relationships, they're risky for teens.
For starters, although many of the apps aren't intended for them, it's easy for savvy teens to get around registration-related age restrictions. Location-sharing increases the potential for a real-life meeting; less dangerous but still troubling is the heavy emphasis on looks as a basis for judgment.
It's possible that teens are only testing boundaries with these apps.
Many are eager to be on the same wavelength as their 20-something counterparts, and the prospect of meeting someone outside their social circle is exciting.
I love going on to teen chat and talking to all the cool people that go on here.
It's really cool to find people that have the same problems as you do, and it's nice to know that they're other people out there who feel the same way as you do. I'm now 17, but have been a regular in The Padded Cell since I was 13...
I just want to say thank you to Dan for creating this website and giving us young ones a place where we can talk to others our age. The people on this site always know how to keep the party jumping.
It just so happens that I met the love of my life on this website.
And with so much of their social life happening online, teens feel comfortable using apps to meet people.
But these apps are not a safe way for them to explore dating.
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.