WhatsApp age limit
WhatsApp requires everyone to be at least 18 years old before they create and use a WhatsApp account. If your child is younger than 18 and has created an account, it is recommended that you delete the app.
If WhatsApp learns that identifiable information of a child under 18 has been collected on the WhatsApp Site or WhatsApp Service, then WhatsApp may deactivate the account.
How do I report a user to WhatsApp?
There is no direct way to report a user, or specific abuse, other than to block them from sending you further messages. To do this, tap:
Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts
WhatsApp messages sent by a blocked contact will not show up on your child’s phone and will never be delivered to them. The ‘last seen’ status information and profile picture will no longer be visible to blocked contacts. To permanently delete a contact in WhatsApp, you will need to delete the person from your phone’s list of contacts.
Group conversations usually take place between friends. But sometimes, users can be added to a group where they don’t know everyone else. Even if fellow users in the group aren’t contacts, they will still be able to see messages your child posts in the group, and your child will be able to see theirs. Likewise, if they’re added to a group with someone they’ve blocked, the blocked person will be able to contact them there.
Therefore, it’s possible they could see or be contacted by someone they don’t know and could be vulnerable to content posted by this person.
Although a user cannot control who adds them to a group chat, they can always control their own participation within it – they can leave whenever they want to.
It’s a good idea to advise your child that if they are in a group chat with someone they don’t know and are uncomfortable with, they should exit the group and speak to you or a trusted adult about it.
WhatsApp Help Pages
The following link will take you to WhatsApp's help pages and policies regarding children’s use of the service.
Click here for more information.