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After parents were warned that paedophiles can use the app to target kids, here's everything you need to know. It uses your phone's GPS to put you in touch with people who are nearby, letting you chat with strangers, send virtual gifts and share photos - provided you're over When you're near a fellow user, you can check out their profile before you decide whether or not to get in touch.
The app has a feature called "shake to chat" which puts you in touch with a nearby person at random.
If you shake your phone, the app will connect you with somebody else who is shaking at the same time. When you connect with a random person, you have a minute of anonymity before your profile is revealed.
Meanwhile, another feature on the app lets you virtually travel to different cities to meet other users. Although Skout is deed as an innocent way to meet new people, some teenagers and adults have been using the app to hook up.
Users aged between 13 and 17 will automatically be placed in a teen section of the app, which bans private photo sharing and prevents chatting with people less than miles away. This means that adults can enter the teenage section, and kids can stumble into the adult section just by ing up with a different age.
Police have warned parents that the app has been used to send and request graphic images of children.
InSkout shut down its teen community following three US rape cases which saw paedophiles use the app to target children, including a year-old girl. Now children are allowed back on the GPS-based app, parents are concerned that similar cases could happen in the UK. in.