WhatsApp

What It Is:
WhatsApp Messenger is basically just an app you can use you text people back and forth, with some additional features like video or voice messaging.

Would My Child Want It?:
Since it’s a texting-type of app, your child might be interested in it. Especially if their friends are using it.

Where Can It Be Used?:
it’s an app, so any cell phone or app-driven tablet.

What Should I Watch Out For?:

  • Like any messaging platform you have to stay on top of secrecy. Make sure you either have access to your child’s account and profile or the ability to talk openly with them about the ways they use it and who they’re communicating with.
  • WhatsApp was also recently purchased by Facebook, so keep that in mind as Facebook determines how to make money by selling information and advertising to WhatsApp users.

What Are The Positives?: 

  • The biggest positive is that it’s free for the first year
  • Offers desirable features like sending videos, images and voice recordings.
  • Even after the first year, it’s still less expensive than many phone providers’ current SMS platform.

What Are The Negatives?:

  • Users have the ability to hide conversations.
  • Users can delete previous threads.

What We Think:
WhatsApp is beneficial if you’re wanting a text messaging client but also wanting to save money on SMS through your mobile carrier, but if you don’t care about that aspect of it, then we recommend you either keep watch on this app if your child uses it a lot or just pass on it in general.