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Adults use teen dating app to prey on young

By Charlotte Philby

More than a quarter of children, some as young as 13, using specialist teen dating apps have been contacted by adults online, it can be revealed.

One website marketing itself at 13- to 20-year-olds, mylol.com, has breached rules governing nudity with posts including, "Do any girls want to post nudes message" and "Horny girls message me", an investigation by i has found.

Alongside graphic profile pictures of children, troubling forums can be found on the site, which has been linked to several cases of rape and sexual assault against teens, according to the probe. The website recently lowered its upper age limit from 25 years old to 20 but without deleting users aged 21 and above – despite adults as old as 60 being found to have signed up.

Claire Lilley, head of online safety at the NSPCC, said the children's charity is "deeply disturbed that sexual predators could use teen dating apps and websites to target young people. Allowing adults and children to mix on services that are blatantly about flirting and relationships has the potential to put children at risk of abuse."

Mylol.com was asked to address concerns about the website but it is reported no reply was given.

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