Type of Resource


Publication Date

June 26, 2023


Social Media and Apps 

WhatsApp is one of the largest and popular online messaging services in the world. It is completely free to download and use, allowing users to send messages and more to people all over the world. The company was bought by Meta (formerly Facebook) in 2014 now has over 2 billion active monthly users.

You need a mobile phone number to use the app. WhatsApp can be downloaded on iOS & Android devices – it can also be used on desktop computers, with incoming updates that will allow users to access their account on secondary devices as well.

Age Requirement

The age requirement has recently been lowered from 16+ to 13+, although many children under this age use the app frequently.

Core Functions


Safety Settings

WhatsApp offers the following safety and privacy features:

Top Tips

Welcome to the Online Safety Hub

How old are you?

If you are under 18, click the blue button below to visit the Online Safety Hub micro-site for children and young people.