Parents' Guide to

Skout

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Flirting app aims for safety, but it's still risky business.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

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Based on 8 parent reviews

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Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 5, 2014
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Publisher: Skout, Inc.
  • Version: 4.5.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android varies
  • Last updated: January 25, 2019

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