When you see your child texting or chatting online, you may assume they are communicating with friends and family. A study from Cox Communications found that 69% of teens regularly receive personal messages online from strangers.Many parents may be unaware of this because only 21% of teens who receive messages from strangers tell a trusted adult.The next step is educating your kids, and that means talking to them about it.The SDDA reports that, “71% of parents stop supervising Internet use by their children after the age of 14, yet 72% of all Internet-related missing children cases involve children who are 15 years of age or older.” It’s important to continue to protect and educate your children even into their teens.Lots of kids still use Facebook Messenger on their phones to get in touch with their friends, but you might not realize that Facebook owns another messaging app called Whats App.
Educating yourself on the dangers of online stranger encounters is the first step in protecting you kids.
You can download Whats App on your computer or mobile device, as well as use it on the web.
More » Snapchat is another extremely popular private messaging app for photos and short videos, which are automatically deleted after they've been viewed for a few seconds.
Whats App also lets you post status updates, send video, share your location and make voice/video calls over the internet.
The whole platform is totally isolated from Facebook, so you don't have to worry about the two overlapping.However, you can delete texts whenever you wish and even make secret chats that dissolve messages on a timer.