Description: quite simply, WhatsApp is a messaging app available for most smartphone platforms, using the internet connection or Wi-Fi to message and call, text, group chat, send photos, videos, and voice messages with friends and family. Not as popular in the United States as services like Skype or Google Chat, WhatsApp is the most popular messaging service in the world (boasting over 900 million active monthly users), thanks to huge customer bases in emerging markets like India, Brazil, Mexico and all of Africa. It operates much the same as other fully-loaded messaging apps like Viber and Oovoo.
Category: social networking
APP Store rating: 4+
Any Porn? There aren’t many serious risks with WhatsApp in terms of accidental exposure to inappropriate content just from casual use. Parents should still have discussions about privacy and monitor who kids are communicating with, similar to teaching a child how to use texting.
We are warm to WhatsApp, based on the minimal risk factors noted above. As a first step, iMessage is a better starting point, but WhatsApp is a great second step (instead of a high-risk messaging app like Kik).
If you want added assurance, the Bark solution monitors WhatsApp for inappropriate words and sends an alert to parents when they are detected. Pretty cool!