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WhatsApp Tips For Parents

As far as messenger services go, WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most popular of all it’s peers throughout the world. With over 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store, it’s easy to see that they must be doing something right. Here are some tips that parents should know about WhatsApp.

How Does WhatsApp Work?

WhatsApp operates by connecting to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Mobile Data. Instead of sending SMS messages, people all over the world have switched to WhatsApp to send txt messages, images, videos, documents, voice messages and you can also make audio and video calls.

It uses push notifications to allow users to send each other unlimited text messages without data limits.

Messages are encrypted (completely private) and users can literally “send a million messages a day” and not be charged (except for whatever data fees apply according to your carrier’s plan)

Group Chats

Be involved in unlimited amount of chat groups

Video Chat

Easily chat on video with anyone in your contact list

Audio Chat

Send and receive audio voice messages

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WhatsApp Web

Continue the conversation on a laptop or desktop computer

Send Photos

Send and receive an unlimited amount of photos

Easy To Use

Very simple to use, even for children.

Live Location Tracking

The Live Location feature allows you to share your real-time location for a specific amount of time. You can choose to share your live location with the participants of an individual or group chat.In your phone’s Settings, you need to go to Apps & notifications > App permissions > Location and turn on location permissions for WhatsApp.

To share your live location

    1. Open a chat.
    2. Tap Attach  > Location  > Share live location .
    3. Select the length of time you’d like to share your live location. Your live location will stop being shared after the selected amount of time.
    4. Tap Send .
You can control whether and how long to share your live location. You can also stop sharing your live location at any time.

Once stopped or expired, your live location will no longer be shared. However, participants in the chat who you shared your live location with will continue to see the initial live location you shared. This will appear as a static grayed-out image within the chat.

Is WhatsApp Safe To Use?

WhatsApp has a user age rating of 13+ as the App itself does not contain content of a sexual, violent or other inappropriate nature.

WhatsApp does not require a username or password as it operates using the user’s phone number. This is also required during the registration and verification process. A user of WhatsApp must have a mobile phone number and enter a PIN Code sent by WhatsApp to verify authenticity.

Are These Features Not Positive?

In an ideal world, these features of communication are second to none. What we would have done for this level of technical communication back in the day. But, for the parents who are familiar with WhatsApp or even those who are not, these features can quickly become toxic in many different types of environments. 

What Parent's Need To Know About WhatsApp

 This app has a lot of great features, but parents may find the idea of their teens having unlimited messaging — as well as location sharing and constant status updates — unappealing, at best.

Users can only be contacted via WhatsApp if a person has the phone number. Even at that point, users can block anyone they don’t want to contact them.

Group Messaging

Group messaging is usually a great feature amongst family and friends but at the same time it can encourage an element of bullying.

There are situations where multiple groups are created in effort to exclude a particular member of another group, so they can be subjected to ill-mannered conversations. Like any app used by a child, it is fundamentally up to the parent to be aware of how apps such as WhatsApp functions.

That way, you are up-to-date with what children are using in the modern world, you can educate them on what possible dangers to look out for and control their time spent online. With iKydz, parents have the ability to either limit access to apps such as WhatsApp or block access completely.

iKydz will continue to monitor the Internet for potentially dangerous apps so we can keep parents informed, our blocklist up-to-date and keep children safe while online.

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