You still need to follow the usual online safety precautions — never give out your home address, look for synced social media profiles to make sure you’re not getting catfished, and if you decided to meet up, make it somewhere reeeeeally public.With that said — if you’re ready to give online dating a shot, here are a few teen-friendly options.What's not: The app has only been around for a few months, so you may not find a ton of locals on there.Age limit: 12 and up Available for: i OS and Android What's good: Yubo, formerly known as Yellow, feels kind of like a cross between Tinder and Snapchat — you can swipe right on profiles that look interesting and chat via live video.(In same-sex pairings, either person can make the first move.) This cuts down on the number of unsolicited D-pics and eggplant emojis, which is always a good thing.
But if you’d rather not leave it up to chance, you can scroll through profile photos and tap one to start a chat or leave a comment.Also, the Android version is missing a few key features — so if you don’t have an i Phone, you may want to skip it for now.Age limit: 18 and up Available for: i OS and Android What's good: This is another right-swiping app, but with a twist — Bumble has a “women make the first move” rule, which means you need to reach out within 24 hours or the match expires.Age limit: 18 and up Available for: i OS and Android What's good: If you're looking for a relationship, this is the app for you.Every afternoon, the app will curate a list of matches it thinks you will like, meaning there's no endless swiping. The app will suggest icebreakers to get the convo started.Age limit: 17 and up Available for: i OSWhat's good: One of the crappy things about dating apps is that you’re making a snap judgment based on someone’s profile pic — so you could end up vetoing your soulmate just because they're not your usual type.The fun thing about Taffy is that everyone’s profile is blurry at first, and the more you chat with someone, the clearer their photo becomes — so by the time you know what they really look like, you already have a pretty good feel for their personality.Meaning, if you're 1 to 850ft away from a user, you will get access to their profile and vice versa.This means, if someone else in school, at your gym, or anywhere else you hang out, is also using the app, you'll know.Age limit: none Available for: i OS and Android What's good: Okay, so this isn’t technically a dating app — but it can make “offline” dating a little less awkward, and that’s everything.Nearify lets you view a list of local events and invite friends who might be interested.