WhatsApp has made communication around the world quick and easy. We say this as you can send and receive a message on the platfor from anywhere in the world wherever a Wi-Fi internet connection is accessible.
It has nearly 1 billion monthly users include users of all different ages. And, its appealing and easy to navigate design makes it irresistible for teens. So, it is necessary to monitor their online activity as a parent because during this budding age they tend to be less open and more prone to danger.
So, here we have brought you all the possible positive and negative aspects of this messaging app.
No hefty bills
One of the greatest attractions of WhatsApp is that it does not encroach upon data usage, call minutes or text allotments. With this cross-platform messaging app, parents don't have to worry about being on alert for high phone bills for a child or teen who is a frequent phone user.
For a parent, this feature is a pro as it allows for easy and quick communication when your teens are doing group projects and school related activities.
WhatsApp makes it very easy for your teens to quickly and easily share any type of photo or message content with their contacts. However, it is also very hard to monitor the content they are sharing with friends.
In a recent case in San Antonio where a 14 years old teen got sexually abused online, parents had no idea about the incident for nearly 2 years before they discovered. Hence, content monitoring is the utmost requirement for every parent.
Allows to Download Private Data
WhatsApp introduces some other challenges regarding smartphone safety as it asks for permission to access private data. WhatsApp downloads your entire contacts list on the device to the WhatsApp contact list online.
Shares Location through GPS
In many cases, WhatsApp also uses GPS location services to tell others where they are at any time. This is possible only if the location mode in your smartphone is enabled.
Here is a way to monitor kids
You can download the password protected app called Parentsheriff. You just need to install the app on your kid's phone, log in and password protect it.
You'll get notifications for every activity happening on your teen's phone. Be it details of incoming and outgoing chats, calls pictures, new contact saved or notifications on your kid's location.
This app also allows you to block or delete any chat or person right from your own device.