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How to Monitor Kids’ WhatsApp Messages

Monitor kids' WhatsApp messages

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Nov 04,2019 • Filed to: Social Media Monitoring • Proven solutions

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Part 1: Introduction

WhatsApp is probably the most used messaging platform worldwide. In 2014, Facebook purchased this massaging giant with a vision for it to be the “dial tone for the internet,” according to Mark Zuckerberg. With its massive growth, it has become pivotal to all communicational uses.

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However, with this growth, parents have become concerned about kids falling into cybercrime traps while using this app. The developers are not to blame; their intentions were far from this, but cyber-predators lurking in every corner of the internet, and they do target kids mostly. This app is not without them. It is why parents must monitor their kid’s WhatsApp uses. This article is dedicated to that purpose only. Here, we will discuss if WhatsApp is safe for kids or not and what views kids and parents have regarding this messaging platform. We will also see how to do WhatsApp monitoring, what to monitor, and what are the steps related to them.

Part 2: Is WhatsApp safe for kids?

In the digital age, we cannot ignore the fruits of technology like our previous generation. Simultaneously, no parent would like to see their kids fall, victims of various cyber crimes as this is also an age of deception. Hence, most parents would ask,“Is WhatsApp safe for my kids?”

Well, you cannot stop them from using these kinds of socializing apps. Kids and teenagers nowadays place quite an amount of importance in communicating with their friends. What you can do is understand these apps and monitor your kid’s usage.

WhatsApp flaws:

  • It does not require any password while setting up your account. Consider this; your kid is prone to losing his/her phone. Now, if someone picks it up and uses your kids’ account to send vulgar messages to his/her friends, this is damage enough for your kid’s social, mental, and physical health.
  • It does not have any process of verifying the age of the user, and this means even your kid can easily manipulate the age while setting up his/her account.
  • Additionally, there is no limitation as to what type of content you can send with this app. One can easily use WhatsApp for sending inappropriate materials as well as use it for sexting.
  • On top of this, WhatsApp allows you to share your location and contact information with your peers. It may seem to be a handy feature, but where kids are concerned, you will have to be aware. Sharing such private information with unknown acquaintances can lead to various dangers. Some can scar your kid for life.

The best way to keep your kids safe is to talk to them openly about the various dangers around online media. Other than that, you can consider WhatsApp monitoring tools.

Part 3: Kid’s & parent’s view of using WhatsApp

On a survey, where both kids and parents answered reflecting their views on using WhatsApp.

In the case of kids :

What did they like?

Very easy to communicate with friends;

You can block people you don’t like;

It is free to use. All you need is an internet connection;

Groups allow them to talk with many people.

What did they dislike?

Group chats can sometimes lead to bullying;

It can become very addictive;

You cannot report any person to the administrators of the application.

While parents think that:

Signing up is very easy and takes very little time;

You can block a person you don’t like but if there is any misconduct you cannot report that person; Privacy settings can be changed however it does not change things much;

Safety and support is not a big standpoint of the app.

Part 4: How to monitor WhatsApp messages with Famisafe

Famisafe Parental Control App is a perfect WhatsApp monitor. It features several useful features that you can avail of to monitor and guide your kid’s WhatsApp usage. You can use the app for the overall internet usage of your child.

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  • Web Filtering
  • Location Tracking & Geo-fencing
  • App Blocker & App Activity Report
  • Screen Time Limit & Schedule
  • Explicit Content & Suspicious Photos Detection

Some of these features include:

a) Detect suspicious texts on WhatsApp

You can detect various suspicious messages on your kids WhatsApp. All you need to do is to install the app on both your kid’s and your phone. Register with an account on your phone, and set up a few permission requests on your kids’ phone. Finally, add the inappropriate and offensive words to the word bank, and the app will notify you whenever it detects any of those words. It is beneficial for getting real-time alerts to various signs of cyberbullying, adult content sharing, sexual harassment, and any other dangers that may befall them.

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b) Check WhatsApp usage & block

With this feature, WhatsApp monitoring is a piece of cake. The app will give you periodic reports about what your kid is doing on his/her WhatsApp and how many times they use WhatsApp in a day. The process of setting up this feature is the same as above. You can also block WhatsApp during their bedtime and studying time.

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Part 5: How do I monitor kid’s WhatsApp activity with Famisafe

The Famisafe app is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. There is a slight difference in the process of setting up the app in the two types of devices. We will look at these steps and see how you can monitor your kid’s WhatsApp activities.

Step 1 Download the Famisafe application

You can easily download the Famisafe application from the Google Play store in the case of Android devices and from the App Store in case of iOS devices. The app is compatible with both.

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Step 2 Install Famisafe on your kid’s and your phone

You need to install the app now, on both the devices.

Step 3 Register a Famisafe account

Register your account with Famisafe. You can do this on any one of the phones as the same account is applicable for both the phones. As you can see, it is quite simple.

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Step 4 Configure the settings on both the phone

Now comes the critical part. It is not tough to configure, but you might want to read till the end, there are many things you need to do here.

A. On your kid’s device:

In the case of Android devices

Log in to the account you registered earlier;

Set the identity as “Kid” and enter your child’s name and age;

Grant the permissions Famisafe requires;

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Activate the Location Tracking;

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Permit access to App Usage;

Activate the App Supervision feature;

Allow the various Administrator permissions to Famisafe.

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In the case of iOS devices

Log into the registered account;

Set up the identity as “Kid” and furnish details regarding your child’s name and age;

Grant the required permissions to Famisafe;

Activate the Location access to Famisafe;

Install the Mobile Device Management file;

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With this patched file, you can grant the various permissions discussed above to Famisafe.

B. On your device:

Log in to the registered account;

Set the identity as “Parent;”

Connect it to your kid’s phone, i.e., connect the two devices with the same account.

Part 6: Conclusion

Thus, now you can get on with your daily chores, and Famisafe will monitor your kid’s activities incognito. Attain the notifications when they come to your phone and decide what the best approach would be. However, the best is to talk openly with your kids about their social life and not make them feel awkward. A parent can always give the best advice to their kids regarding the various dangers of the Internet. Do not ban the use but regulate it with the WhatsApp monitors listed above so that your kid can confine their thoughts with you and not meet up with a stranger online.

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Ankhi Bhattacharya

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