WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world. It’s used by billions of people and many parents let their children use it to communicate with friends and family. While WhatsApp is one of the safer apps, there are a few things that parents should do to make sure of their children's safety. Below, we'll discuss how to set up parental controls on WhatsApp and some of the best ways to keep your children safe while using the app.
What is WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is a messaging app that lets users communicate with each other using text, audio, and video messages. It uses end-to-end encryption, which means that only the sender and receiver can read the messages. It also lets users create group chats, share their location and make audio and video calls.
WhatsApp is available on both iOS and Android devices. The app is free to download and use and doesn't require a monthly subscription.
Is WhatsApp safe for kids?
WhatsApp is generally safe for kids to use. Though there are a few things that parents should keep in mind. WhatsApp doesn't have much in the way of parental controls. This means that parents won't be able to see their children's messages or control who they are talking to. WhatsApp also doesn't do anything to enforce their age restriction limit, so anyone can create an account and start using the app. This means that children can come across inappropriate content. The app also doesn't have any built-in filters for offensive language.
To make WhatsApp as safe as possible for your child, you can use parental control apps for iPhones and iPad, which will help you keep your children safe on their devices.
Why would you use parental controls on WhatsApp?
Using parental controls on WhatsApp can restrict who can see your child's profile information and protect their privacy. Blocking specific numbers or contacts can also help safeguard your children against online bullying and harassment. So, overall, using parental controls can help you keep your children safe while they're using WhatsApp.
As with any other messaging app or social media platform, it's important to talk to your children about online safety and cyberbullying, and take the necessary steps to protect them by setting up parental controls.
What is the age restriction for WhatsApp?
While there is a minimum age restriction of 16 for WhatsApp, the app provider doesn't check the age of users when they sign up. This means that it's possible for children under the age of 16 to create a WhatsApp account, without their parent's permission. It's important to be aware of this and take steps to protect your children. To keep your children safe on their mobile phones, make sure you're aware of the apps they download. The good news is that you can use different apps to monitor your child's mobile phone usage, so you can stay on top of their activity. However, they may feel like you’re entering their private space so you should discuss the use of parental controls apps before you install them on your child’s device.
How to set up parental controls on WhatsApp
To set up parental controls on WhatsApp, go to the Settings menu and select "Account". Next, select "Privacy". From there, you'll be able to select who can see your child's profile photo, status, and "last seen" information. You can choose to block specific contacts from messaging or calling your child. Plus, you'll be able to see if your child's live location is being shared — and turn it off if it is.
To block a contact, you can also:
- Open WhatsApp and go to the chat with the person you want to block
- Tap their name and scroll down to "Block [NAME]". You can also choose to report them by tapping "Report [NAME]".
Don’t forget to talk about online safety with your child
Even with parental controls in place, it’s important to talk to your children about online safety. This includes cyberbullying, sexting, "stranger danger", and teaching them how to use apps like WhatsApp responsibly. Remind them not to share any personal information with people they don’t know. The more they are aware of the dangers, the better they'll be able to protect themselves.
Let them know that they should come to you if they ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable online.
Learn more about GoHenry’s parental controls
Keeping your child safe online includes being in control of their online spending. That’s why we have a host of parental controls that allow you to do just that. From setting spending limits, to blocking certain types of transactions and viewing their spend in real-time, you can tailor the controls to suit your family and keep your child safe when they are making purchases online.
Find out more about the parental controls that are included with a GoHenry prepaid debit card.