Facebook Launched 'Messenger Kids' Standalone App for Children Under 13

Messenger Kids

Facebook have launched a Messenger app just for kids

"In addition to our research with thousands of parents, we've engaged with over a dozen expert advisers in the areas of child development, online safety, and children's media and technology who've helped inform our approach to building our first app for kids".

"Why should parents simply trust that Facebook is acting in the best interest of kids?" said James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, a San Francisco nonprofit that promotes online safety for children, in a statement. Kids can also access a library of child-appropriate GIFs, frames, stickers, masks, and drawing tools.

There are no in-app purchases and there are no adverts unlike on Messenger.

"After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the United States, we found that there's a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want", notes Cheng in a statement. They may do so using their own standard Messenger app.

Some of these guidelines ensure that the kids' welfare is the topmost priority while keeping them entertained when using the new Facebook app.

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Schneiderman added that the feedback system was "corrupted" - a fact that he accuses the FCC of being well aware of. A group of senators, led by Maggie Hassan (D-NH), said the same thing in a letter sent to FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

Whilst kids can use the social media apps and the messaging apps which are designed for the adults and teenagers, those services aren't built for them, stated Kristelle Lavallee, a children's psychology expert, she suggested the Facebook on designing the service.

Facebook Messenger suffered a similar outage on November 30 when users reported being unable to send messages.

Parents must then sign off on all their child's contacts, meaning that in theory they can not speak to anyone through the app without parental permission. "Parents want to know they're in control". Facebook also said your child's information won't be used for adverts. As with Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat, children can add filters or playful drawings to the photos they send. At that point, your child's device can be handed back to them so that they can start using Messenger Kids. According to a release, Facebook plans to release the app on other platforms such as the Amazon App Store, and the Google Play Store.

This is why Facebook as well many other social media companies forbid and prohibited the younger kids from joining.

Until this year, even big tech companies had been loath to set up children's sites with a parental consent system lest they violate the law.

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