At present, it is essential to know all the requirements of the platform.
The penetration of technology has increased the need to have a mobile device from any age. However, all platforms have age requirements for their use.
In most applications the requirement was to be 18 years old, but over time it was decreasing until reaching 13 years.
In the case of WhatsApp, the age requirement varies according to the region, since each country has different legislation that forces the platform to change its conditions of use.
Official age for WhatsApp
As stated in its blog, WhatsApp indicates that residents of the European Economic Area (including the European Union) or in any other country or territory that is part of it (collectively called the European Region) must be at least 16 years old. (or more, if required by the country’s legislation) to register and use the instant messaging platform.
In the event that it is not true in that region, you must be at least 13 years old to use WhatsApp.
Why is this information important?
If your son installed WhatsApp secretly, you can report his account and argue his age.
That will be enough for the Facebook-owned platform to suspend the account immediately.
However, the complaint made via email must be accompanied by the following:
Evidence of ownership of the phone line (for example: a copy of the government issued identity document along with the copy of the phone bill).
Evidence of parental authority (for example: a copy of the birth or adoption certificate).
Evidence of the minor’s date of birth (for example: a copy of the birth or adoption certificate).
Any additional information you consider may help us review your report.
« We will deactivate the WhatsApp account immediately if it is reasonably verifiable that the account belongs to a minor. You will not receive confirmation if we take this action. We will be able to review and take the corresponding action on your report upon receiving the information previously requested truthfully and completely. « explains WhatsApp on its website