Lovoo is an app that lets you find and connect with people nearby. It allows you to message others who have similar interests to you and share content and photos with them.
The feedback we received from young people and parents during our Net Aware reviews highlighted the benefits of using Lovoo, as well as some of the risks. One 15 year old girl said “I’m scared people will judge me”, whilst a 17 year old girl said “you get to talk to people who have the same thing in common”.
Parent reviews highlighted the risks users may be exposed to on Lovoo. A father of children aged 12 and 15 said that “this site does seem to care about online safety”, whilst another father, with children aged 2 and 8, commented that there can be “swear words and pop-up ads for gambling”. The same father also warned that “you can sign up to Lovoo using Facebook, so if a child has a false age on Facebook, they’d be able to bypass Lovoo’s minimum age”.
What you need to know about Lovoo
Here’s some more information about Lovoo and things you can do to help keep your child safe when using it:
- Lovoo has a PEGI age rating of 18 and introduces itself as a place where users can “Chat, flirt, perhaps even find your one true love”. You can find out more about PEGI ratings here.
- Lovoo’s Privacy page states that the website is not aimed at children under the age of 13 (accurate as of March 2017).
- The app uses your location to find people in your area. You can disable location settings on your device.
- There aren’t any parental controls available because the app isn’t aimed at children.
- There are privacy settings within the application which can be accessed by logging into the app, clicking on PROFILE, then the little cog icon in the corner and then privacy settings. There you can turn off location tracking and the local radar.
If your child is using Lovoo, it’s important to talk to them about the potential risks and how they can keep themselves safe. Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried or upset by anything they have seen. We’ve got some great conversation starters that’ll help you start this important conversation.
If you would like more information on Lovoo, an expert advisor at our free O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline will be happy to talk you on 0808 800 5002 - they can help with any queries you have about social networks or online safety in general. You can also visit an O2 Guru in store, even if you’re not an O2 customer. Book your appointment here.