Online Safety: WhatsApp

Since May 2018, the minimum age for using WhatsApp is 16 Years old if you live in the European Union, including the UK. Prior to this, the minimum age was 13, which still applies for the rest of the world. WhatsApp has not yet stated whether it will take action against anyone aged between 13 and 16 who already hold accounts under the old terms and conditions, such as closing their account or seeking parental permission.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, with more than 1.5 billion people in more than180 countries using it to send and receive text, photos, videos and documents, as well as make voice and video calls through an Internet or
Wi-Fi connection. The free app offers end-to-end encryption, which means that messages can only be read by the sender and the recipient in one-to-one chats, or all members if it is a group chat. Not even WhatsApp can read them.

National Online Safety (http://www.nationalonlinesafety.com) have produced ‘A Parents’ Guide to WhatsApp’ available for download on their website or available from school on request. This guide provides useful information/tips for parents/carers which includes how to:

Create a safe profile
How to block people
Report scam messages
Leave a group
Use live location safely
Delete accidental messages
Set time limits