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This App Contains...
Chat
Commenting
In App Purchases
Microtransactions
Live Streaming
Videos can be shared
Location Tracking
Geotracking
Photo Sharing
Photo sending/receiving
Stranger Danger
Interacting with strangers

Parent Rating

About WhatsApp Messenger
In-App Purchases
None
Rating
Everyone

What is WhatsApp Messenger?

WhatsApp is a messaging service that lets users exchange unlimited text, audio, photo and video messages over the internet.

 

The application also offers a “Status” feed, similar to Facebook's timeline, where they can share comments or images openly with all contacts using the app.


WhatsApp was designed with private communication in mind and features features end-to-end encryption, which ensures that any data (messages or media) sent between individuals can only be read by them, and can only be unlocked with a secret key code. 


This setting cannot be disabled and is automatically enabled with the newest update.

Is WhatsApp Messenger safe for my kids?

WhatsApp is not recommended for kids and can be a dangerous app for teens because interactions and exchanges are on a platform other than their phone. This means that teens can have messaging interactions and exchanges that are not saved on their phones (and thus accessible to their parents or caregivers). 

This is the main appeal of WhatsApp, as it offers them the privacy and freedom to exchange any messages they want, with whomever they want.

Parents should be be fully aware of this “messaging blindness” and should encourage kids to be open with their conversations, just like with any other app usage.

Before allowing your child to install this app, make sure they understand how to respond to contacts from strangers and what to do if they receive communications or media which makes them uncomfortable.

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WhatsApp Messenger Parent Rating

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    Reviews: 3

  • Gary S.

    Some of our family lives overseas, so we use this app to text them because its free. Great free messaging app

  • Camila R.

    It's okay to use if only with a small circle of family or friends. We use this for a family group chat and it's easy.

  • Erin H.

    We deleted this from our kids' phones and now they are only allowed to text, not use messaging apps.