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It's owned by the developers of Badoo, another dating app/site, and they share many dating profiles between them.They both rely on swiping left or right and location sharing and are almost exactly the same in terms of how they look and function.And, like most of the other dating apps here, it's easy to enter a fake birth date anyway.Spotafriend: Spotafriend's app store description says it's "not a teen dating app," but it does use the swiping functionality and location tagging that many dating apps use.What parents need to know: Though a list of safety tips pops up when you log in, there's a ton of mature content, an emphasis on meeting strangers, and various ways to spend money.During our review there were lots of scantily clad women livestreaming and lots of profiles with various drugs as one of the profile pictures.Teens can set the age preference of potential matches anywhere from 18 to 80, and most matches during testing were about 50 miles away.
Skout: The Skout app and site offer several ways to connect with other users, including "saying hi" via someone's profile, watching livestreams (or going live), chatting with people who have "liked" you back, or using the "Buzz" feature to access a feed of local users (that appears to be a Facebook feed) who are mostly posting selfies. What parents need to know: In its Safety Tips section, Skout claims to separate teens from adults so they can't interact, but that no longer seems to be the case.Teens can use settings to let only friends see their profiles, but they can filter who can chat with them only by gender and age. What parents need to know: There are plenty of scantily clad teens here, too, and one profile for a "17-year-old" indicated she's actually 32.Also, there are profiles with no pictures, so it's impossible to tell the user's age at all.If you learn your teen is using dating apps, take the opportunity to talk about using social media safely and responsibly -- and discuss what's out of bounds.Keep lines of communication open, especially since teens sometimes hide these apps in "vaults" or apps that look harmless (such as a calculator).
Talk to them about how they approach dating and relationships and how to create a healthy, fulfilling one -- and note that these usually require more than a swipe.