If something’s too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.

And with the news, sometimes, it’s hard to distinguish what’s fake and what’s real.

In an ideal world, bullying is something that shouldn’t happen, but this is very common for many children during their school days, and sadly, for some, it also happens at the workplace.

If you’re a parent or grandparent, your children or grandchildren will in no doubt be confronted with some or all of the above at some stage, if they have access to a certain app on their Smartphone…

The app I’m referring to is WhatsApp.

This is a very popular messaging and media sharing app, used by 2 billion users worldwide. Even my Mum likes to use it, and she’s a complete technophobe.

But, like most things online, it does have a dark side…

By law in the UK, WhatsApp should only be used from the age of 16…

But with no age verification in place during the sign-up process, if a child has access to a Smartphone, there’s nothing stopping them from using it at an earlier age.

If your child is under the age of 16, and you’ve allowed them access to WhatsApp, I’d strongly advise that you discuss with them the potential risks of the scams, fake news, cyberbullying, and contact from strangers, that WILL happen at some stage.

And before you have a chat with them, here’s a link to a detailed guide, explaining the risks and advice on how to use WhatsApp safely… WhatsApp Risks for Children

Wishing you a safe week.