Spotafriend - Teen Meeting App to Make New Friends

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Teen "friend" finder mimics dating app, isn't safe.

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Kids say

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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

If you can tap and swipe, you can use this. 

Violence
Sex

Sexy photos are prohibited, but messages aren't moderated. 

Language

Member-to-member messages aren't moderated. 

Consumerism

Pushes paid membership and shows frequent ads. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Member profile descriptions and messages aren't moderated. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spotafriend - Teen Meeting App to Make New Friends is marketed as a teen "friend" app for users 13-19, but comes with a Mature 17+ rating in the app stores, and the website description uses the term "Tinder alternative." Though the app pays lip service to restricting usage to teens only, anyone can sign up by entering a fake age. Also, many matches are based on location, so teens are contacting strangers nearby. Ads appear frequently and users are rewarded for watching them. Chat and messaging is basically unrestricted, profiles can be forwarded among members, and though the app is free, it offers an “Ultimate” paid membership that enables users to rate and message more contacts. The privacy policy claims the developers prohibit and ban adult users, but the policy appears to be unenforced. 

User Reviews

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Teen, 13 years old Written byelandra4545 July 11, 2017

Just Don't

Safety concerns everywhere. Rumours of teens disappearing. Yeah, no.
Teen, 16 years old Written byhonest_teen_review February 17, 2018

Chill out

This page gives a bad name to the app 1st of all to even have your account verified, you need to take a picture of yourself that matches the profile oic you cho... Continue reading

What's it about?

SPOTAFRIEND - TEEN MEETING APP TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS lets users find people nearby to "match" with to start communicating. After creating a profile with multiple photos, location, and description, it lets you rate other members (and lets other members rate you) by swiping left or right. It also lets you friend other members using a “super swipe,” which pushes your profile to the front of the pack  so it's more likely to get noticed. The paid “Ultimate” membership buys you extra super swipes, priority profile listings, and the unlimited ability to call back accidental bad or good ratings. Though there's a system that's meant to verify age (taking a selfie in a designated pose, uploading an additional picture, and stating your birth date), it's possible to change your age once you're logged in, and multiple adults have had no trouble posing as teens. 

Is it any good?

This is yet another creepy teen hookup app masked as a way to make new friends, and it's not safe for teens. Though the publishers -- who also created MyLOL --  do a better job than some apps of keeping the sexy profile pictures to a minimum, the confidence-crushing focus remains rating other members according to hotness. Though it carries a 17+ rating in the app store, it's described and designed to be used by kids as young as 13. Profile parameters restrict birth years from 1998 to 2004, but there's no true way to verify users' ages which is proven by the adults who have easily created accounts. Other potential issues include messaging any other user and forwarding a member's profile to other people via platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. Though there's a risk that a teen will agree to meet a stranger offline, the more likely and still dangerous outcomes are that young teens run into lots of age-inappropriate stuff, get the message that meeting people means swiping based on appearance, feel pressured to be sexual, and feel insecure about their appearance when they're rejected. Though apps like Spotafriend - Teen Meeting App to Make New Friends claim to help teens make friends (disregarding the vast differences between kids age 13 and age 19) but what they're really interested in is profiting from teens' insecurities without truly considering their safety.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about appropriate age limits for online (and offline) friends. How old is too old? Why is Spotafriend - Teen Meeting App to Make New Friends potentially dangerous?

  • Talk to your teen about online safety and connecting with strangers. Are there certain contexts when it makes sense to talk to strangers? How do you know someone is who they say they are?

  • Discuss the idea of rating other people by swiping. What are the problems that come with that? If you're only connecting based on appearance, what might you miss? How does it feel to be rejected based on looks?

  • Think about how well you know the friends you make online. Is it possible to know online friends as well as the friends you know in person?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (optional premium subscription $2.99-$24.99)
  • Release date: July 28, 2015
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 130.00 MB
  • Publisher: Twiig
  • Version: 4.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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