Like the teenagers it targets, it seems Seventeen magazine could use a lesson in self-censorship. The periodical, targeted to girls ages 12-19, is receiving some harsh criticism after an article on its website promoted the positives of online dating, Fox News reports. While it's common knowledge that teens meet on social media platforms, critics were shocked, in particular, by the fact that the magazine did not discuss the dangers of online dating. Nor did the article note that online dating sites like Match.com state users must be at least 18 years old before they can register as members.
"They should indicate the dangers of online dating due to their young readership. Cyber-stalkers are a serious danger to children and teens and anytime you encourage online communities for kids you have to be educated on cyber stalkers," Nicole Clark, teen educator and director of the documentary Cover Girl Culture, told Fox News. "Seventeen magazine is giving cyber-stalkers a gift wrapped dream present: tweens and teens who are seeking love online from someone online."