There are a variety of dating sites that allow teens 18 and older to register, but there are also meeting/dating/chat sites that allow younger teens to register.Teen Online Dating.net, for instance, is an exclusive teen dating website with more than 3 million members, as of 2012.While it's often perceived that such outlets are primarily used by adults, teenagers use them as well.Online Safety Site reports that 71 percent of all teens have created some sort of online profile.Some teens also prefer getting to know others through electronic communication rather than in person.
These and other sites also offer the opportunity to set dating arrangements via the Internet.
In order to stay safe online, Teen recommends that teens never publicly post or give strangers any personal information such as phone numbers, addresses and where they attend school.
There's also a variety of teen dating chat rooms available through sites such as AOL and Yahoo as well as teen-specific teen chat/dating outlets on My LOL.net, Knuddels and Chatpit.
Although school and work are outlets for teens to make new friends, it's not uncommon for teenagers to have trouble meeting people who share common interests.
Teens who aren't careful can fall victim to Internet predators.According to Online Safety Site, it's estimated that 69 percent of teens receive messages from people they don't know.