Jan 24, 2024

#WakeUpWednesday 24.01.23

“The #1 teen dating website in the world” – that’s the claim of MyLOL, which offers 13 to 19-year-olds the chance to rate each other’s pics, send private messages and contact strangers online. If that sets your alarm bells ringing, you’re far from alone: law enforcement agencies and schools in several countries have seen fit to issue warnings about the platform. Among the main issues is the fact that MyLOL doesn’t have a reliable age verification method – meaning there’s no foolproof way to stop anyone outside the platform’s intended 13–19 audience signing up for an account under a false age. This #WakeUpWednesday guide also highlights potential concerns around in-app purchases and the use of geolocation for sinister reasons.