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WeChat App: What Parents Need to Know

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What is the WeChat App?

  • WeChat is a free texting, video, and calling app
  • Although some parents might not have heard of WeChat, it is one of the top 50 most popular social media apps in the iTunes store with over 980 million monthly active users
  • Users can make voice calls, send text messages, have video conferences, and share photos, videos or their current location to others on the app
  • In addition to those features, users can send broadcast messages that go out to a group of people
  • WeChat offers free stickers and games with the option to purchase more
  • Users can also post text, images, or videos to their “Moments” for all of their contacts (and WeChat users nearby) to see
  • The app offers Quick Pay which allows users to send or receive money through the app

Why should parents care?

  • WeChat encourages users to chat with strangers nearby or around the world, at random. This feature is incredibly dangerous for teens and tweens
  • Users can connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts to the app which makes it easy to share posts from the app (even if the post was intended to remain private)
  • By default, when a user posts to their “Moments”, anyone nearby can see their posts
  • If a user doesn’t change their security settings, anyone using the app (anywhere in the world) can access the user’s information they’ve shared including photos, videos, and contacts

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WeChat is a free texting, video, and calling app developed in China.

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What is the WeChat App?

  • WeChat is a free texting, video, and calling app
  • Although some parents might not have heard of WeChat, it is one of the top 50 most popular social media apps in the iTunes store with over 980 million monthly active users
  • Users can make voice calls, send text messages, have video conferences, and share photos, videos or their current location to others on the app
  • In addition to those features, users can send broadcast messages that go out to a group of people
  • WeChat offers free stickers and games with the option to purchase more
  • Users can also post text, images, or videos to their “Moments” for all of their contacts (and WeChat users nearby) to see
  • The app offers Quick Pay which allows users to send or receive money through the app

Why should parents care?

  • WeChat encourages users to chat with strangers nearby or around the world, at random. This feature is incredibly dangerous for teens and tweens
  • Users can connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts to the app which makes it easy to share posts from the app (even if the post was intended to remain private)
  • By default, when a user posts to their “Moments”, anyone nearby can see their posts
  • If a user doesn’t change their security settings, anyone using the app (anywhere in the world) can access the user’s information they’ve shared including photos, videos, and contacts

WeChat in the News

An increasing number of teenagers and schoolchildren are using the mobile phone application WeChat for online gambling, as well as to connect with others looking for sexual hook-ups and for the buying and selling of drugs. –Today
The Indian Government blacklisted WeChat, together with another 41 apps, categorising them as spyware. –ABC Australia

What can parents do?

  • If your teen has the WeChat app, have them delete it and discuss other ways they can connect with friends in a positive way
  • Check out our Parent App Guide page and encourage your student to use apps in our Green Zone
  • Before giving them access to a mobile device, ensure that your children know who they can and cannot talk to on social media and through apps like WeChat
  • Research the apps your student is interested in using to help decide if they are safe for your student

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What is the WeChat App?

  • WeChat is a free texting, video, and calling app
  • Although some parents might not have heard of WeChat, it is one of the top 50 most popular social media apps in the iTunes store with over 980 million monthly active users
  • Users can make voice calls, send text messages, have video conferences, and share photos, videos or their current location to others on the app
  • In addition to those features, users can send broadcast messages that go out to a group of people
  • WeChat offers free stickers and games with the option to purchase more
  • Users can also post text, images, or videos to their “Moments” for all of their contacts (and WeChat users nearby) to see
  • The app offers Quick Pay which allows users to send or receive money through the app

Why should parents care?

  • WeChat encourages users to chat with strangers nearby or around the world, at random. This feature is incredibly dangerous for teens and tweens
  • Users can connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts to the app which makes it easy to share posts from the app (even if the post was intended to remain private)
  • By default, when a user posts to their “Moments”, anyone nearby can see their posts
  • If a user doesn’t change their security settings, anyone using the app (anywhere in the world) can access the user’s information they’ve shared including photos, videos, and contacts

Login or join the VIP membership today to view all resources about WeChat!

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This is great info, thanks for giving me some ideas on how to start a dialogue with my teen!

StarStarStarStarStar

Sharon M.

Parent VIP Member

Quotation marks

Josh's presentation about social media was unbelievably fantastic. Our students learned so much about what kids should and shouldn't be doing. The fact that it is such a thoughtful process made it all worthwhile.

StarStarStarStarStar

Director of College Advising

Educator Webinar Attendee

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This webinar is a very helpful eye-opener on the apps that are popular with my students.

StarStarStarStarStar

Irene C.

Educator Webinar Attendee

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