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Location-sharing app useful for adults, risky for kids.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

This is a simple and intuitive application. Most users can discover everything they need to know simply by surfing around its menus.

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Users may run across foul or inappropriate language posted by other users. Most frequently spotted: "bitch" and "ass."


This app offers advice about restaurants, stores, and other attractions written by users. There are no explicit ads, but some retailers offer discounts to Foursquare users if they attain “mayorship” status by visiting more frequently than anyone else. Foursquare also offers daily deals through partnerships with companies such as Living Social.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Entries exist for bars and other venues that serve or sell alcohol and some comments include descriptions of drinking, smoking, etc.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Foursquare is a social media app designed for older teenagers and adults. It allows users to communicate their whereabouts and post it to sites including Twitter and Facebook, thereby encouraging others to meet up with them. Depending on a user’s settings, strangers could see this information, making the app unsuitable for younger teens. Also, some of the information and tips posted by users pertains to adult venues, such as bars, and could contain mature content and language (like "ass" and "bitch"). For more parent advice about location-sharing apps, check out our article.

Is it any good?


FOURSQUARE is a useful and powerful social media tool, but it’s strictly for adults. It’s free and simple to get up and running -- just follow a few onscreen steps to install it on your iPhone or mobile device. Within minutes you’ll be able to search out friends who may be nearby and check out details and tips written by other users for local venues such as bars, restaurants, and stores. It takes just a couple of taps to post your current location to sites like Facebook and Twitter, making it easy for friends -- and potentially strangers -- to meet up. What’s more, the service cleverly hooks users into continued use by offering badges for checking into particular locations and mayorships for those who have visited locations more than anyone else (some venues even offer discounts to mayors). It’s well designed, accessible, and potent.

With photos of attractive young members featured on the app and accompanying website and tie-ins to Facebook and Twitter, Foursquare offers a temptation for some kids to make new real-life friends using the app. But with no age limits or predator filters, parents probably want to steer kids away from this one. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Skills:Communication: friendship building
Tech Skills: social media
Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 18, 2010
Category:Social Networking
Publisher:Naveen Selvadurai
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Teen, 15 years old Written byHeretohelp26 January 1, 2014

Turn on privacy settings

Well; this app does have it's risks for kids but there is a way to turn on privacy settings although a kid could turn them off so have a chat with them about that. Overall: OK for kids 16+ Iffy for kids 9-15 Not for kids 8-
Teen, 17 years old Written byKatilinForSafety November 8, 2013

Foursquare Teen Review

Great to score deals or remember that name of the restaurant you went to. However it can be dangerous if its linked to your twitter and people normally don't have privacy settings on their twitters- which means EVERYONE can see where you/or your child is at. Benefits of this social network is most teens care less about how many friends they have on here and its more of a Journalistic approach. However, like with most apps there are risks.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written byCalilove94 January 18, 2015

Keeping in touch

I found this app on the news. This girl was talking about how she uses it to stay safe walking around her campus. The app is for those moments when you get separated and need to find each other. I wouldn't throw it aside for younger kids just because of a little crude language. If it helped me keep in touch with my kids and keep them safe from harm it can't be that bad.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use


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