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Meager app shares location and suggests daily coupons.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

It's not difficult to learn to navigate this app, but not all of the features are usable. The questions feature is available only for San Francisco and Chicago as of this review. The list of places is outdated and not comprehensive, though this will likely improve as more users submit data and corrections.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

Users who connect through Loopt as friends can exchange messages and status updates. The questions feature also allows users to post questions and answers. The language used will depend on the users you connect with.

Consumerism

The app alerts you via email, pop-up on your device, and within the app to several Groupon Now deals (same-day coupons) for companies near your location, with links to purchase the deals.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Bars are listed among nearby places, sometimes even when the logged-in user is under 21. The logo for bars is a martini glass. For the questions feature, questions and answers might include references to drinking, such as "who has the best happy hour deal."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Loopt is a location-sharing app best for adults, similar to Foursquare. Loopt suggests daily coupon deals and, just like Gowalla, this app allows users to submit photos when they check in at a place. Also, when you check in, your location is shared with all Loopt users and possibly people on Facebook or Twitter, depending on your settings. You can invite friends, which shares your contact information, and some friends can see your location at all times. You can see a list of nearby places that includes bars and a martini logo, but does not have much information about the companies themselves. Daily coupon deals for these places pop up and are emailed from Groupon Now. The questions feature, where Loopt members share the inside scoop about companies, is only available for San Francisco and Chicago. For more parent advice about location-sharing apps, check out our article.

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LOOPT has an easy interface and is helpful for people who want notices about daily deals nearby. Still, it doesn't have enough to offer kids to outweigh the privacy risks. The questions feature promises to share timely and user-driven information about companies, but it isn't available in most cities yet. In the meantime, older teens and adults are probably better served with other apps like Foursquare or Gowalla

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 27, 2011
Category:Social Networking
Size:9.70 MB
Publisher:Loopt, Inc.
Version:5.1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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