Warning: Keep kids off dating sites

Stuff co.nz 4 October 2014
Women who post photos of their children on dating sites are unwittingly baiting prowling paedophiles.

A clinician who works with sexual offenders, including paedophiles, wants parents to remove photographs of their children from all dating sites.

Korowai Tumanako services lead clinician Russell Smith who works with sexual offenders, said predators use social media and dating sites to gain access to children.

“People will harvest information from a raft of social media forums including dating sites quite easily because if they can groom the parent they can groom the child.”

Waikato Times searched popular adult dating site Tinder and out of the 100 profile photos of Hamilton users found 43 featuring children in the images.

“They don’t know what is going to happen to those photos with their children in it,” Smith said. “I think it’s really inappropriate that they put pictures up of their children on these sites.”

Smith, who has worked as a clinician for 11 years, said paedophiles came across as kind and caring.