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Kudos0

Block Google Assistant from sending Whatsapp messages

I just found out that my 12-year old son sends out Whatsapp messages in spite of the Norton Family time restrictions on his Android 5.0.2 ZTE Blade L3 smartphone like this:

- Starts the Google Assistant widget via "OK Google"
- Speaks "Send whatsapp to Lennox"
- The Google Assistant confirms that this has been understood and asks for the message text
- Speaks the message to be sent
- The message is sent to Lennox

This apparently has been going on for a while :-(.

Reading the beginning of incoming Whatsapp messages via the Whatsapp widget does not seem to be blockable either.

Is there any way to prevent the above? Hope someone can help...

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Kudos0

Re: Block Google Assistant from sending Whatsapp messages

Hello Max B.,

Sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble with this situation.  Not sure if it helps, however, i found some resources that either go into how to disable or uninstall the Google Assistant:

https://www.wikihow.com/Disable-Google-Assistant-on-Android

https://www.howtogeek.com/319490/how-to-disable-google-assistant-or-at-least-take-its-shortcut-back/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8ZTCqXyZa0 (How to UNINSTALL Google Assistant on S7 Edge / S5 / S6 any android devices has Android 6/7 NO ROOT) 

You may also desire to contact @peterweb who is a mobile master on this forum.

With the aforementioned resources i provided above, whether things stay disabled or uninstalled is an altogether different issue.  It may be time to re-assess whether or not you want your 12 year old to have the power of a smart phone to begin with.  If you still want that, then perhaps it is time for stricter groundrules that will have consequences if ignored.  At least in my travels, 'whatsapp', as well as 'tinder' seemed to be highly correlated to lewd content and best avoided altogether.  My personal opinion of these "smart" phones is that they are amassing significant information on their users and still not entirely convinced that it is necessarily a good thing.  Please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0G6mUyIgyg  I myself, am still using an older phone that is reserved for calls when i'm on the road. 

Hoping that some of this might have helped,

Sincerely,

H.B.       

Kudos0

Re: Block Google Assistant from sending Whatsapp messages

Hello Hammer_Bro,

First of all let me THANK YOU very much for your very quick answer and for trying to help me - I really appreciate that!

I do not have my son's smartphone in front of me right now, but I will try to disable the Google Assistand as described via your links tonight or tomorrow. I am concerned that my son will be able to easily re-enable the assistant again though, let's see.

The third link about completely uninstalling the Google Assistant will probably not help as it seems to be related to phones having Android 6 or 7 and a beta version of the Google Assistant only.

The question of allowing to use Whatsapp or not is of course something you can discuss for hours. It is quite difficult to completely forbid that when you see that almost his entire school class and football team are using it for their communication. My personal compromise so far has been to limit the daily usage time - but that does not seem to work, so now the question about what do do is there again :-(.

Best regards!

Kudos0

Re: Block Google Assistant from sending Whatsapp messages

Hello once again Max B,

I find it hard to believe that there is no other means of communication that could occur between students and faculty outside of ‘whatsapp’.    What about the children whose parents do not feel comfortable giving them a smartphone?  I’m sure they are still communicated with via good ol’ fashioned e-mail.  Not for nothing, but, i think you have to prioritize.  What’s more important?  Having your son in constant contact with the team etc. OR ensuring his safety from those who specifically seek out these “social media” platforms as preying grounds?  Let me say this, 12 years old is still very young, and, i think even in the Terms you enter into with many of the services provided through the phone, they stipulate that users MUST be at least 16 years of age or older.  Setting aside the debatibility of whether a 12 year old should even possess a smartphone, if i witnessed what you have with inappropriate messages going back and forth, that would be it.  Phone confiscated.  I apologize if this post has come off as rigid in nature, however, the world has become increasingly dark, and, you really have to take every precaution to safeguard your loved ones - - it’s not as if he’s 18, he’s only 12 and has his whole life ahead of him. 

Sincerely,

H.B.     

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