Trevor Space is a monitored youth-friendly site where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth ages 13 to 24 can connect with other young people throughout the world, and can get involved in their local LGBT communities.
More than a quarter of children using specialist teen dating apps, some as young as 13, have been contacted by adults online, it can be revealed.
One website marketing itself at 13- to 20-year-olds – – has breached rules governing nudity with posts including: “Do any girls want to post nudes message [sic]” and “Horny girls message me”, an investigation by The Independent has found.
Alongside graphic profile pictures of children, forums addressing troubling topics can be found on the site, which has been linked to several cases of rape and sexual assault against teenager.
The website recently lowered its upper age limit from 25 years old to 20, but without deleting users aged 21 and above – despite adults as old as 60 being found to have signed up to the service, which is popular among British teenagers and has 300,000 users worldwide.
In its terms and conditions, states its “private messaging system is built to detect a huge range of suspicious sexually explicit keywords...
But Claire Lilley, head of online safety at the NSPCC, said the children’s charity is “deeply disturbed that sexual predators could use teen dating apps and websites to target young people.Websites and applications can have vague names associated with them, making it difficult for parents to know exactly what their children are doing with different forms of web-based communications.There are a lot of websites which only allow certain age groups to partake in their online network.The activities that once took a large amount of time and effort, such as finding entertainment, shopping, and socializing, to name just a few, are now nearly effortless, and can be done without ever leaving the house.With the power of the internet, the world is at your teen’s fingertips.