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Facebook Goes Child Friendly With The All New Messenger Kids App

Facebook Goes Child Friendly With The All New Messenger Kids App

FEW big technology companies have dared to create online products for boys and girls aged 13 and younger. "Parents' friends have no business finding children on social media". Facebook has done a lot of research with thousands of parents as well child development experts.

"The question needs to be asked whether children as young as six need this".

Once the account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat with parent-approved contacts.

"Regular" Facebook still has an official use restriction for kids under the age of 13.

"Messages won't send nor can I receive messages". They may do so using their own standard Messenger app. In 2011, for example, an operator of virtual worlds that had been acquired by the Walt Disney Co. agreed to pay US$3 million (RM12 million) to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally collected and disclosed personal information from children younger than 13 without parental consent.

The social network said it had consulted with parents and experts to ensure child safety in using the app, but Mr Hunt has accused the tech giant of failing to act responsibly. The app is compliant with COPPA, it added.




"After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the USA, 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", Loren Cheng, product management director for the new app, explained in an announcement on Facebook's website. Davis said that if a parent decides to delete a child's account, Facebook will also delete any data from its own servers. The narrowed app was designed after consultation with hundreds of parents and several children's advocates, such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Facebook said.

Parents will be able to monitor their child's friend list. As with Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat, children can add filters or playful drawings to the photos they send.

Facebook has launched preview of Messenger Kids.

How does Facebook Messenger Kids work?

Facebook 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. Kids can also access a library of child-appropriate GIFs, frames, stickers, masks, and drawing tools. Others cautioned that the app raised concerns about children's privacy.