How To Set Up Whatsapp Parental Control

WhatsApp is a free messaging system currently owned by Facebook. It allows users to send unlimited text messages, voice messages, and video calls, as well as images, documents, and other media to other WhatsApp users around the world. Users can access the app through mobile devices and desktop computers — all they need is a cell phone number. Whatsapp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world and is available internationally, with over a billion users worldwide.

Users must be 13 to use Whatsapp. Younger WhatsApp users prefer to use the application rather than their phone's native texting because it allows them more privacy and freedom, or so they believe. This is primarily because parents tend to be more familiar with basic texting than newer applications like WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is not considered to be a typical type of social media, since the platform is not public. Rather, it is considered "dark social" — social sharing that is not measured by web analytics platforms. This means that users cannot flag inappropriate messages to alert WhatsApp to the problem, though they may screenshot the message and share it with the company. The company cannot remove posts, though it can ban users.

Privacy Controls for WhatsApp

How to block someone

  1. In the bottom-right corner of the app, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Account.
  3. Next, tap Privacy.
  4. Tap Blocked, and add who you’d like to block. Blocked contacts will no longer be able to call you or send your child messages.

How to turn off visible public public information

  1. In the bottom-right corner of the app, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Account.
  3. Next, tap Privacy.
  4. Up top, you can edit the following four items and select who can see what on your child’s profile:
    1. Last Seen: When your child was last using the app
    2. Profile Photo: Your child’s photo
    3. About: Your child’s mini bio
    4. Status: What they’re currently doing

How to turn off Live Location

  1. In the bottom-right corner of the app, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Account.
  3. Next, tap Privacy.
  4. Tap Live Location and select the chats from which you’d like to remove.

How to report safety and security issues to WhatsApp

  1. In the bottom-right corner of the app, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Help.
  3. Then tap Contact Us to send a message.


How to Monitor Content

In addition to setting parental controls on your child's device, the next safety layer parents and caregivers should strongly consider is a monitoring solution to assess the content their kids encounter (and produce) across text messages, social media, and email. Bark can do this for you. On WhatsApp, Bark can monitor WhatsApp messages for Android and Amazon device users. For iOS users Bark can monitor your child's messages and message attachments (if available). If you'd like to see a detailed list of everything Bark can monitor, click here.

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