Social media dating sites
When teens 13 and older try to log in to Badoo via Facebook, they can, but the Hot or Not app doesn't allow it.
However, Hot or Not is also an app within Facebook, so teens under 18 can access it there.
Teens can set the age preference of potential matches anywhere from 18 to 80, and most matches during testing were about 50 miles away.
Kik: Part text-messaging app, part social network, Kik gives users the opportunity to talk to both friends and strangers.
So even if your kid doesn't use one, they may get exposed to one through their friends.
Also, the thrill of meeting new people in a seemingly consequence-free environment may pique the interest of So, what can you do?
A few profiles had references to marijuana use, and many teens shared their handles for other social media platforms, making more personal information available to strangers.
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.
When registering, it requires a selfie of you holding up a certain number of fingers, but the profile picture doesn't need to match that photo.
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.
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).