Skout

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Flirting app aims for safety, but it's still risky business.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of play

Very intuitive as far as social networking goes. Alerts guide users through the features.

Violence
Sex

Plenty of flirting, a bit of innuendo, and sexy selfies.

Language

Posts include plenty of profanity, including "bitch," "f--k," the "N" word, and more.

Consumerism

Users earn points through daily promotions, which include ads encouraging downloading other apps.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

No outright restriction on posting about drinking, drugs, or smoking, but the topic is rare in posts, possibly due to moderation for potential illegal activity.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Skout is a flirting app used to meet and chat with new people. Based on the age entered at registration, teens and adults are assigned to different groups, but ages aren't verified. Once teens turn 18, they're automatically moved into the adult group, but it's easy to enter a false birthday at registration and pose as either an adult or a teen. In 2012, the teen app was briefly suspended to tighten safety protocols. As a result, a teen's exact location isn't revealed, only a general region, and posts are now more closely monitored. Also, teens can't send pictures in private messages. They can earn points for using the app and responding to ads. Then they can redeem points to reveal the profiles of users who've "checked" them out or to access users in other geographic areas. Posts include plenty of profanity and suggestive pictures.

User Reviews

Adult Written bysozi m. July 5, 2017
Adult Written bySexotica I. December 28, 2017
It's a very good post. Where can you buy body-safe adult toys from people who really want to help you find what's best for you? Fortunately for us, th...
Teen, 14 years old Written byeazy__breezy February 3, 2015

Not for kids, I am not joking

This app is seriously not for anyone under 18. I give it one star not because it's not a well made app, but because of the amount of things wrong with it....
Teen, 17 years old Written bybrianna1999 March 8, 2017

how to find a good guy

i think it is good if u are 17 and older

What's it about?

When using the dating app SKOUT, teens who set up an account can then view other teens, specifying an interest in male, female, or both. They can post to the buzz feed, comment on others' posts, add pictures, and private-message others. They'll get notifications when other teens near their geographic area join, and they can search other areas by cashing in points. They receive notification when someone "checks" them out but must pay points to see who it was. Teens earn points through activity -- creating a profile, uploading pics, and logging on -- or by downloading advertised apps. 

Is it any good?

Compared to some social media targeting teens, Skout is more PG-13 than NC-17, probably due to increased moderation. Still, it's not perfectly safe, and parents and teens might want to communicate about the potential dangers of any meet-up app. The developer's blog indicates that newer safety measures implemented in 2012 would have required logging in through Facebook to provide a social verification of age, but that isn't the case. The posts, though peppered with harsh language, are mostly tame, flirtatious, and complimentary. And note that since the teen portion of Skout is intended to be teen-only, parents don't have the option of following their kids and seeing what they or their friends are posting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about guidelines for safe social networking and staying safe online. What information should you keep private?

  • Review and discuss the Skout safety information, in the app or online, including tips for meeting offline.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
  • Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 5, 2014
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 29.60 MB
  • Publisher: Skout, Inc.
  • Version: 4.5.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android varies

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