MINIMUM AGE: 13+
The platform says: "Our services are not intended for children under the age of 13. If you believe that we might have collected information from a child under 13, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org".
WHAT IS IT?
Gowalla is a location-based social networking service. It originally launched in 2007 and closed in 2012, but was relaunched on March 10, 2023. Users are able to check in at "Spots" in their local vicinity, either through a dedicated mobile application or through the mobile website. Not currently available on android.
WHAT WE SAY:
Treat with caution.
Friends: Users can tap the 'Add Friends' button on the Map view. You can add more friends in three ways:
Your phone number is used to help find your 'friends' on Gowalla. Your phone number and contacts are never shared with other users.
Location: The platform uses your location to help you connect with friends in real life and to show you places to go nearby. This is done through check-ins.
Check-in: A check-in shows your friends when and where you were on the map.
Faves: You can add any place to your faves by tapping on the Place then tapping the Fave ❤️ icon.
SAFETY TIPS TO CONSIDER:
How can I delete a check-in?
Someone added my home to Gowalla. How do I take it off the map?
How do I remove a friend?
For parents/ carers If you're worried about your child or need support call NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
If you discover criminal content when online then report it directly to the police or the Internet Watch Foundation.
If you're worried about online grooming or sexual behaviour online then report directly to the police or contact CEOP.
For Children & young people if they're worried or want to talk, encourage them to contact Childline Online or call 0800 1111.
Check out our Resource Centre for further information and useful online safety tips.