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Wattpad

Wattpad is a storytelling website and app where you can create, read and learn how to write stories. You can also join communities, share the stories you've written, and comment on others' stories.

13+

Official age rating

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Our safety ratings

Overall safety rating:

Our overall rating for Wattpad

Poor

It is easy to come across inappropriate content and stories that contain adult themes on Wattpad. There are filters that can be enabled to stop mature content from appearing on your feed. However, they rely on the user disclosing that their story contains mature content.

There is no way to make your profile public and anyone can follow you. You can also send and receive messages from other people on the platform.

If you decide to let your child use Wattpad, you should make sure they sign up with the correct date of birth and chat to them about the types of stories they’re reading. Also help them set up their profile to ensure they don’t share any personal information.

Safety features

There are no parental controls available on Wattpad.

There is a ‘Mature’ filter on the app that can be switched on stop adult content appearing in your recommendations. This is switched on by default for users between 13-16. You can also set your own filters to stop content featuring specific tags from appearing on your feed.

However, the filter relies on the user tagging their story as mature and there’s no guarantee they will do this. It is also easy to come across inappropriate content via the search engine.

Privacy & location

Your profile picture, username, and display name can be seen by other users. You also have the option to add location, date of birth and links to other sites, such as your Facebook profile. If you choose to add this information, it will be public and everyone on the platform will be able to access it.

Reporting & blocking

The blocking and reporting tools are easy to use but vary depending on what device you’re using. Explore them with your child and make sure they know how to use them.

Content

When you register, users are asked to pick three genres of stories so the app can recommend you content to read. We were immediately recommended stories that contained adult and sexual themes.

The app does have a ‘Mature’ setting which can be switched off but this only works if the story has been tagged by the uploader as mature. We came across other content that contained self-harm and violence.

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Enable Mature filters and tags

Wattpad has a ‘Mature’ filter that will help stop adult content from appearing on your child’s feed. Make sure this is switched on in settings.

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Top tips for staying safe

Because it’s easy to come across content that might not be suitable for kids on Wattpad, you should try to explore the app first before you let them use it.

This will give you a chance to explore some of the stories and features available and decide whether it’s appropriate for your child.

Make sure to switch on the ‘Mature’ filter and add ‘Blocked tags’ to help stop stories that contain adult themes from being recommended to them.

 

If your child is using Wattpad to create their own stories, agree some rules around what and if they can share them.

Tell them to come to you before they publish anything so you can make sure it doesn’t include any personal information or anything inappropriate.

Wattpad has Content Guidelines for users that you might want to look at together.

On Wattpad, your picture, username and display name are public by default. If you add your location, this will be public unless you delete it in account settings. You can also choose to have your date of birth public or private.

Because most of the information on Wattpad is viewable by other users, you should explore the platform with your child and agree what's appropriate for them to have public and what's not.

Wattpad allows you to block (or mute) other users and also report stories and comments. Sit with your child and make sure they know how to use these features.

The reporting and blocking tools are different depending on the device your child is using. Here are some links that will help you:

How to report a story

To learn how to block or mute a person see here

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.

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