What are people saying about
WhatsApp?

O2 Guru Top Tip for WhatsApp

O2 Guru Camila says:

“If someone is sending unwanted or inappropriate messages on WhatsApp, you can block that person by clicking on that contact and selecting 'Block this Contact' they will no longer be able to send anything to you.”


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What's the right age for WhatsApp?

13+

WhatsApp says

This is taken from WhatsApp’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2017.

14+

Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of nearly 700 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2017.

11+

Children say

Based on 1,696 responses from children and young people in December 2016 and January 2017.

10+

Net Aware visitors say

Based on 2411 votes from parents who have visited this site – you can vote too!

What do you think?

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Is content on WhatsApp suitable for children and young people?

We asked young people and parents to tell us about the content they came across on WhatsApp. Here are the types of inappropriate content that they reported:

Sexual

Low Risk

Violence and hatred

Low Risk

Bullying

Low Risk

Suicide and self-harm

Low Risk

Other

Low Risk

25% of parents reported seeing sexual content on WhatsApp.

11% of young people reported seeing violence and hatred on WhatsApp. 7% reported bullying and sexual content.

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