Using a fake profile, supposedly belonging to a 16-year-old, FEMAIL joined 10 teen dating groups and discovered links to explicit content, requests for naked pictures and people who appeared to be younger than the legal age of consent as well as others who seemed well over the age of 18.
'It just astounds me because anyone who joins will be a honeypot for someone who wants to exploit children.
It's like waving a great big flag, saying: "Paedophiles come here".'This is one of the things about the internet: young people under 13 can pretend to older and join social media and older people can pretend to be younger to go on the sorts of sites where they can interact with young people.' A post on the private Teen Dating group details how a member has been accused of harassing 'underage girls'.
In reality anyone can save them by taking a screenshot.
On average, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is notified of one serious incident of sexting activity every day by schools, parents or pupils, involving serious concerns about child protection.'If you send them a naked selfie, one person can see it in 20 seconds.
On Teen Dating And More, which is a closed group with more than 2,200 members that FEMAIL joined, a fresh-faced boy claimed he wanted a 'girl to f*** so bad', while another urged people to post their Snapchat ID On the closed Teen Dating group, which has more than 10,000 members, one of the admins warns against naked photos, spamming and teasing others.
But it didn't stop another posting a link to her porn films However, one user seemed to disregard the rules in a post that read: 'Hello guys.
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A girl of 14 posted this selfie on the Teens Dating 17 100 group, which is public meaning that anyone, regardless of their age, is free to join and post But with many apparently set up by teenagers themselves, who act as admins to weed out bullying, there is no guarantee that they are performing thorough checks to ensure anyone who joins is actually within that age bracket.
This is one of the things about the internet: young people under 13 can pretend to older and join social media and older people can pretend to be younger to go on the sorts of sites where they can interact with young people 'It's worrying - massively so,' she said.
'In the future when they want a job, 90 per cent of employers will do a Google search and if they find a naked picture they will think, if they were that silly five years ago have they really changed.''We have investigated the Groups brought to our attention and can confirm that the admins are active in removing any violating content and blocking those responsible, as well as reporting any spam and nudity violations.