Events From Facebook

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Slick, searchable guide to local events; watch privacy.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Simple, straightforward menus make it easy to navigate events and create calendars. 

Violence
Sex

The app itself is family-friendly but could bring up adult-oriented content. 

Language

Could bring up events containing questionable language. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol-related events are often listed, and drug-related events are possible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Events From Facebook ties into your Facebook account and enables you to find and schedule events. The app requests information regarding your location and event preferences and requests permission to send notifications and access your iCloud and Yahoo calendars. Users can indicate whether they're interested in or attending an event, and events contain message threads where users can comment on those events. Though there's no iffy content generated by the app itself, users can create and share events with adult content. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Facebook is about helping people connect with each other, and EVENTS FROM FACEBOOK helps them connect with fun local activities. This free app lets users search any city worldwide for events related to every conceivable interest: sports, books, theater, music, shopping, art, comedy, parties, food, networking, and so on. In addition to location and interest, users can filter according to day or date, indicate whether they will attend an event, and reference event details including tickets, time, venue, and directions to the event.

Is it any good?

This simple but sophisticated app is the shortest route to fun, no matter what your interests might be, but be aware of potential privacy pitfalls. After connecting to your Facebook account, the app requests information such as where you are and what kinds of events you enjoy. Then, from a search screen, you can filter by event category and date. A scrollable list of things that match your criteria appears and gives you all the information you need to attend the event, including photos of the venue. You can discuss the event or ask questions of the community in a message thread, share the event with friends, and even check out similar events suggested by the app. One downside to the app is that though your Facebook friends can see when you're attending an event, there's no way to create your own events in the app or directly invite friends to an event you're attending. Also, depending on a teen's Facebook friends and account settings, it may not be a great idea to broadcast potential locations and times. Still, when it comes to the fastest route to impromptu fun, Events From Facebook is efficient and convenient.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sharing your location online. Should you be careful about sharing that information? Is it ever OK, and, if so, with whom is it OK to do so?

  • Discuss how to decide which events are kid-appropriate. 

  • Think about events that let you take a break from technology. What kinds of non-tech experiences can you look for? 

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