Messenger Kids, new Facebook app for children

Messenger Kids, new Facebook app for children

Messenger Kids, new Facebook app for children

FacebookFacebook has launched a version of its Messenger app aimed for children six to twelve years old.

'So when we heard about the need for better apps directly from parents during research and conversations with parents, we knew we needed to develop it alongside the people who were going to use it, as well as experts who could help guide our thinking'.

Messenger Kids comes here with a swing and slew of the controls for their parents.

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.

Messenger Kids will also be exclusive to the US for now, and Facebook also claims that the app will be fully compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act or COPPA, the federal law that shields children from online abuse and exploitation.

If you want to let your child use Messenger Kids, Liz recommends educating him or her on what it means to be safe, appropriate, and savvy online.

The versions for Android and Amazon's tablets are all set to come out eventually.

"The risk of exposure to things they were not developmentally prepared for is huge", she said. "With the feature-filled camera, kids can create fun videos and decorate photos to share moments with loved ones".

Nationwide, parents like Harrell are facing a familiar dilemma: At what age should they allow their kids to use social media?

Some children's and privacy groups commended Facebook for saying that Messenger Kids would give parents control over children's messaging and not show ads to children.

Adult friends and relatives will receive their decorated messages via the regular Facebook Messenger app.

Probably the most useful tool is Down Detector, a tool that tracks user reports about problems with other websites.

"There are no ads in Messenger Kids and your child's information isn't used for ads", reads Facebook's statement.

The CEO of the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute, Stephen Balkam, stated: "that train has left the station". For now the social network giant has announce it only for IOS devices. Facebook's move has already been criticized in some countries.

"Overall, the environment seems very sterile and secure", says cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs in a blog post on Tuesday, December 5. In addition, the new messaging app will help kids in developing their own potential, as well as building a sense of self and community.

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