It’s this world — a chaotic mix of nude photos, cyber-bullying and dysfunctional relationships — that author Nancy Jo Sales ventured into when researching her new book, “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers” (Knopf).
Sales has been studying the lives of American teenagers since the 1990s.
What is the fear of allowing their child unsupervised outside the home?
The general concern among parents is the possibility of their child meeting someone they don’t know, someone dangerous.
It’s something that happens online on a daily basis — sometimes an hourly basis.
And it’s so common, it’s become a regular part of teen culture.
It's pretty easy to tell: They send the same message over and over, often with the same link.
But there's a type of dating site scam that's far trickier to spot, and the people who operate it claim to be making thousands of dollars every month fooling vulnerable men.
"You want to remind her that you're not just another text message, and that there's a man behind each message that she's connected to," Savoy says.If you've used a dating site or app like Ok Cupid or Tinder, you'll have noticed the hundreds of fake profiles that exist on the sites, seemingly designed to make you hand over your profile to scammers.Dating sites are, thankfully, getting better at spotting who is using their service to send thousands of spam messages.The child sitting on their bed now has a mobile device in their hands with Internet and social media access.Our social media connected teen is now not only exposed to the people in their neighborhood, or just the people in the United States.