Safety Awareness Center

Skout is committed to maintaining a safe, trusted online community

Skout is about making new connections and friends. We want to make it easy for people to find each other and have fun, but it's critically important that the experience be positive for all of our users. That's why we have built-in tools and features to help make your interactions fun and safe, and safety tips that outline best practices to take advantage of Skout. Please help us keep Skout a trusted community by being vigilant and smart. For more information on keeping your children safe please visit the Family Online Safety Institute website.


A reminder that Skout is designed for adults and teenagers 13 and older. We encourage you to talk with your teenagers to make sure they understand what Skout is and for more information on internet safety visit the Family Online Safety Institute Website.


If you're younger than 13, go outside and play.

Report Abuse
Safety Tips
Meeting Offline

You and other Skout users belong to a community that enjoys chatting and interacting online. At the core of this are a few key tools and features that help keep the community vibrant:

  • Intended for you, not for them
  • General Location Information
  • Strict Community Management
  • Regulated by Your Peers

Intended for you, not for them

Skout has two distinct, mutually exclusive communities: one for teenagers and one for adults. The teen community is separated into age-appropriate groups based on school grades. Community members in these groups can only communicate with peers close to their own age.

General Location Information

Unlike many location-based apps, Skout provides general rather than specific location information, empowering each community member to decide if, when and where to exchange contact information or arrange to meet in person. Community members never have to reveal any personal information except age and gender to other users.

Strict Community Management

We are obsessed with keeping our communities safe. We constantly monitor and have a zero tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior. Did you know that we ban over 40,000 devices each month for violations of our standards? With over a quarter of our staff dedicated to community management, Skout monitors 24/7 and uses proprietary technology to ensure that behavior is appropriate for our communities and for Main Street.

What do we mean by appropriate behavior? Examples of terms of service violations include:

  • Minors under the age of 13 or users that have registered under a false age
  • Members sending harassing or offensive messages or photos
  • Members asking you for money or donations
  • Fraudulent registration or profiles
  • Spam or solicitation, such as invitations to call 1-900 numbers or attempts to sell products or services
  • Copyright infringement
  • Any other violation of Skout policies

Regulated by Your Peers

Skout can only thrive and grow with your participation, and we encourage our community to self-police. This provides an invaluable source of information on inappropriate user behavior. Reporting inappropriate behavior or if you suspect that a user is underage is as easy as clicking the Report button or emailing Our community managers promptly address each report, usually within 12 hours or less.

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