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Is Foursquare a risk for children?

Seeking Experience Safety & Privacy , Social Media 4 years ago writer
Parenting + Technology
London, UK

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Rebecca Newton expert
Rebecca Newton Chief Community & Safety Officer US

It's a risk for for anyone who's being watched or preyed upon, yes. It's not just a risk for children, in that sense. However, the chances of a stranger targeting a random child are quite small, statistically.

The bigger question for me is "Why does any stranger need to know where I am at all times?" I don't understand the Four Square phenomenon, personally. I've never felt the need to be the Mayor of Starbucks, therefore showing advertisers what I like to eat, drink and do 24.7. It's not really a game folks. It's pure data collection.

If you're over 18 and choose to share your every move with the world, that's fine. I don't think it makes sense for young people to use it.

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