As it stands, teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 have been allowed to use the app, although their potential Tinder "matches" have been restricted to other app users within their age group.
Both emerged as an alternative to bars for singles looking for potential partners or casual hookups. The internet gives everyone easy access to dating or hookup apps.
Just as with social media or any online forum that encourages networking and communication, dating apps are wide open to abuse by predators who misrepresent their identities or who use the networks to search for signs of vulnerability among children.
There have been several instances of older men luring young teenagers, supposedly protected by Kik's minimum age restriction, into relationships.
The problem, according to tech experts, is that age limits are difficult to enforce. According to the BBC, a study of young people on social media showed that 78 percent of children under the age of 13 (the most common age restriction for social media website) were using social media.
Tinder is officially 18 now, but as most parents are well aware, age limits aren't foolproof. Users sign up with Facebook and are matched based on location, mutual friends and shared interests.
If you discover your child has a Tinder profile, what should you know – and what can you do? One of its most distinctive features is the way you show interest in other users – swiping right on their profile.The previous age limit was heavily criticised, with some arguing it could put teens at risk and expose them to inappropriate contact.The app's VP of Communications has since called raising the age limit 'the right thing to do.' Tinder still relies on users’ Facebook information for age verification, so under-18s who have an incorrect age listed on Facebook may still be able to sign up. If your child is using Tinder and you’re not happy about it, the best thing for you to do is to speak to them about it directly."Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users."Tinder has a reputation of facilitating hookups instead of relationships, a factor that may have influenced the platform's decision to establish an age restriction.The precautionary measure won't effect the majority of Tinder's user base.A Tinder spokeswoman says that users age 17 and younger only amount to about 3 percent, or around 1.5 million users out of 50 million.