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 16+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

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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.


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


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


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

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnndy123 May 20, 2021
Adult Written byKenneth bethea March 12, 2021

Full of fakes and gold diggers

Wouldn't add this site if they paid me a billion dollars the bs is colossal and not worth the time and energy nothing but a site full of fakes and gold dig... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byZoodle01 July 25, 2019

Horrifying activities taking place, dangerous and scary site

I have never been so disgusted by how I was treated on the site. Treated like a prostitute, offered money for ‘services’, asked personal information, threatened... Continue reading
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
  • Last updated: March 12, 2021

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