“It is a good way to communicate with friends and family but it can be a bit risky in the sense that you can get texts from random people who have somehow received your phone number.”
We asked parents whether they were asked to verify their phone number or email address to sign up to this site. We also asked them how easy or difficult it would be for a child to pretend to be older to sign up.
- “It is very easy to register for WhatsApp as long as you have a smartphone and a mobile number. It does verify your number and you need a person’s mobile number to message them. There are some privacy settings and blocking a contact is quite simple. It doesn't make it very clear about the minimum age and the set up is very simple for a child to follow.” - Father of 8yr old boy