and most have never been caught, so they don’t appear on any sex offender list.There is no reason why a guy on a dating site needs to see a picture of your children.
Wouldn’t you prefer to let them slowly discover their sexuality rather than throw them into the deep end of the pool? Even if a parent is dead, has abandoned them or is in prison for life, children often resent attempts by step-parents to parent them and see such things as manipulative efforts to replace a parent.
Children and teens don’t have the cognitive and emotional maturity necessary to understand and cope with adult sexuality.
Plus, they unconsciously observe everything their parents do as guides for how to behave.
As a child psychiatrist, I have treated a large number of children who were harmed by the poor choices their parents made while dating.
I also saw parents do quite a few disturbing things while I was recently single and dating, but you don’t have to give up on dating with children; and you don’t have to be a spinster to protect your children if you are smart about it.
Again, pedophiles are usually attracted to a specific age and gender, so don’t give them what they are looking for online.