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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.
It's also difficult for parents to see what teens are doing in the app, so it's hard to make sure your teen is using it safely. Meet Me: Meet Me's tagline, "Meet, chat, and have fun with new people," says it all. Skout and Meet Me are affiliated, so users can share their profiles between them.
There are several ways to interact with other users: You can chat with locals, watch livestreams (or go live yourself), chat, or use the "Quick" feature to "meet people face-to-face right now." Users can also give each other virtual gifts that cost real money.
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.
Kids like it because it's free, it's popular with their friends, and they can quickly and efficiently add cool content -- memes, viral videos, images, and more -- to their texts without any message or character limits.
And though most opt for Snapchat or Instagram to widen their social circles, some are curious enough to try one of the many messaging apps that promise to help them "make new friends." While these apps are designed more for casual communication than are the mainstream fee-based dating services such as Match and Ok Cupid, they make it super easy to text, video-chat, and share pics with strangers.
At this point, most parents would say "no way" and stop reading right now.