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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.
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.
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.
What parents need to know: You can log in to both Hot or Not and Badoo using email or Facebook.
If you sign up via email, you have to enter a birth date that indicates you're over 18, though there's no verification.
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.
Like many others, the service says it's for people 18 and up, but there's no age verification, and many users post handles to other social media accounts.
My LOL is owned by the same developers as Spotafriend, but it works differently and is also a website. You can add friends, look at profiles and chat with people, or visit the Shouts feature, which is a live feed of other users' comments, which are frequently just "hmu" ("hit me up," slang for "send me a message").
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.