You can easily check your kid's phone text messages and Facebook messages. But WhatsApp is a messaging app designed to offer a higher level of privacy to its users — which satisfies a crucial desire for most children and teens. Kids can exchange unlimited text, photo, video, and audio messages to individuals or groups for free, they're always logged in, and they don't need usernames or pins to connect.
Although you're supposed to be at least 16 to use the app, one study revealed 76 percent of children on WhatsApp were between the ages of 11 and 14 — and kids are loving the ability to separate themselves from their parents and large groups and use a ad-free app that allows them to send any kind of message to friends. If you're thinking, oh great, sexting and sexy selfies, well, yeah, that's definitely a concern, as is the fact that a password-free app means anyone can grab their phone, post messages, and pose as them, and they can post their location on WhatsApp.