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What is WhatsApp?

What is WhatsApp?

WhatsApp Messenger is an instant messaging subscription service for smartphones that uses the internet for communication. In addition to text messaging, users can send images, video, and audio media messages as well as their location through a geo-location service. WhatsApp has over 500 million monthly users, who exchanged roughly 700 million photos and 100 million videos are shared, and the messaging system handles more than 10 billion messages each day.

Like with any message/imaging/video sharing application, children need to be mindful of who receives their messages, what those messages contain and how it could be used to hurt them. Any image of a child on any site could put them at risk for victimization.

The rules we tell children to follow when posting pictures online is to think before posting photos. Personal photos should not have revealing information, such as school names or locations. Look at the backgrounds of the pictures to make sure you are not giving out any identifying information without realizing it. The name of a mall, the license plate of your car, signs, or the name of your sports team on your jersey or clothing all contain information that can give your family's location away. Once and image or video is online it is very difficult to remove it completely.