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SKOUT

WHAT IS IT?

A location-based dating app and website. While users under 17 old are unable to share private photos, kids can easily create an account with an older age.

WHY DO KIDS USE IT?

This is a flirting app that allows users to sign up as teenagers or adults. They’re placed in their appropriate peer group, where they can post to a feed, comments on others’ posts, add photos and chat.

RISKS

Sexual - HIGH

Violence - MEDIUM

Bullying - MEDIUM

Suicide and/or self harm - MEDIUM

Drugs, alcohol, crime - MEDIUM

WHAT CAN I DO?

Talk to your kids about the dangers of online dating app sites. There’s no age verification and has been linked to past rape cases. Users receive notifications when someone “checks” them out, but they must pay “points” to see who it is so make sure there is security set up for purchases.