Facebook launches Messenger Kids app for under 13s
07 December 2017, 10:55 | Lena Norman
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Rival platforms targeting youngsters, such as Snapchat, are also struggling to counter such threats, but typically, the golden rule for most parents is to keep their kids off social media apps and monitor their internet access. Then, using the Messenger Kids bookmark in the main Facebook app, parents can approve anyone who is friends with them as a contact for their kid, like aunts and uncles or godparents.
The Facebook app, Messenger Kids, is a special version of its Messenger app and is designed for kids 6-12. After adults enter their Facebook account information into the app, they are asked to create the child's profile and which friends or relatives he or she will be allowed to connect with on Messenger.
Though at present, Facebook has no interest in converting the Messenger Kidsaccount into a Facebook account when they turn 13.
Messenger Kids is also an excellent Messenger feature for children that would prevent abuse and ensure a great environment that they can enjoy. Google in March introduced "Family Link", which allowed parents to set up kid-friendly Google Accounts. Facebook has included a library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks, emojis, sound effects and drawing tools that kids can make use of while chatting with a parent-approved contact. "Tbh", which Facebook snapped up back in October, encourages users to talk positively about other people by asking questions like "Who has the most infectious laugh?"
"We believe that it's possible to give kids a fun experience that provides more peace of mind for parents, too". This is a law that is created to protect kids from online exploitation.
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But, he said it remains to be seen whether the app will continue to stay ad-free. "Video calls become so much more playful with AR", says Marcus. Amazon has also added kid-focused "skills" to its Echo smart speakers, which require a parent's permission to activate. "We've been working closely with the FTC so we're lockstep with them".
While some parents feel Facebook snaking its way into his children's lives at an early age would most likely do more harm than good some others think that technology going to be adopted by kids is inevitable.
One thing that might surprise some people is that there's no way for parents to secretly spy on what their kids are saying in their chats.
We've worked extensively with parents and families to shape Messenger Kids and we're looking forward to learning and listening as more children and families start to use the iOS preview. The exception is that if kids report a piece of objectionable content, their parents will be notified but still not shown the content in their own app.
The company has stated that there will be no ads on Messenger Kids and that children's data will not be used for ads. The app, which launches Monday in the United States, gives the company access to a new market whose age prohibits them from using the firm's main social network. They'll still have to build a traditional Facebook account from scratch when they're ready.
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