People, and specifically new generations, are more and more connected to the digital world, browsing the internet, texting, checking social media and getting mobile phones that allow them to do all those things.
Parents, particularly, wonder what would be a proper age for their children to start interacting with these new technologies, including WhatsApp, today’s most popular instant messaging service.
Experts in the subject state there is no specific age, but the ‘normal’ range is between 7 and 8 years of age. “This doesn’t represent a problem as long as they’re under their parents’ supervision,” emphasized Guillermo Cánovas, president of Protégeles, Spain’s Center for Children’s Internet Safety.
Cánovas assures the real problem is with 13 and 14-year-olds, when they send and receive messages without their parents’ supervision. It’s also difficult to keep children from using this kind of apps that allow them to communicate quickly and efficiently at no additional cost.
Instant messaging has become a very popular medium among users, and therefore parents should make sure their kids learn to use it properly.