Social Media site connects people as young as 13 years old

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A website called Meetme.com is connecting people as young as 13 years old.

It could be seen as another version of Facebook, but one mother is seeing Meetme.com much differently.

"When you pull up peoples' pictures on Facebook you don't see girls bending over showing their rear ends and smiling back with their fingers in their mouths," said Terrisa Hill, mother of her 14-year-old son who was on Meetme.com.

She found provocative messages to her son from 14, 15 and 16 year-old girls.


"That they would do things to him sexually," Hill said.

But she has seen enough and deactivated his account.

"Somebody could be pertaining themselves as a 13, 14, 15 year-old girl when they could actually be an adult," Hill said.

WAND created a fake Meetme.com account and as 14 year-old Sally Smith, someone could easily interact with anyone from 13 to 16 years old.

"I could see people from my age all the way up to 60 years old," said Samantha Knisley.

When she joined Meetme.com about 10 years ago, it was called My Yearbook.

"I got on it to talk to my high school friends and also to of course at that time when I was 17, meeting boys," she said.

Knisley knew most of the people on the site.

"And there was some people that I didn't know and I just strictly interacted with them over the Internet," Knisley said. "I never met anybody off of that."

She deactivated her account about a year ago, but she still worried a click, could connect someone to an unwanted friend.

One man commented on WAND's Facebook page that he met his girlfriend on this site and that they are very happy together.

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