Facebook launches messenger for kids

Facebook launches messenger for kids

Messenger Kids is a standalone app installed on the child's tablet or smartphone, but controlled from a parent's Facebook account. In a study conducted by Facebook and the National Parent Teacher Association, 81% of 1,200 American parents surveyed reported that their children started using social media apps between the ages of eight and 13.

The firm's development of a kid-friendly messaging app comes in response to the wide volume of kids who already use tablets and smartphones. "A website operator must include in a privacy policy, when and how to seek verifiable consent form a parent and what responsibilities an operator has to protect children's privacy and safety online". Millions of parents are part of Messenger community and they asked us for controllable solutions that let them message with their children.

Parents receive notifications about requests and activity through their own Facebook app, as the child does not receive or create their own Facebook account.

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Facebook announced on Monday that it will introduce a new kid-friendly version of its messaging app. Users can talk or text with family and close friends allowing parents to control the app through their Facebook account. It's coming out as a limited preview on Apple devices in the United States. She said: "The risk of exposure to things [children] were not developmentally prepared for is huge".

Parents may worry about exposing their young children to digital services, but Facebook has taken steps to make sure they can maintain control, said Larry Magid, chief executive of the nonprofit ConnectSafely, one of many organizations Facebook briefed on the product ahead of its launch. Amazon has also added kid-focused "skills" to its Echo smart speakers, which require a parent's permission to activate. Among them: Will it always remain ad-free, and will parents get ads based on the service?

As with other tools Facebook has released in the past, intentions and real-world use do not always match up.

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How - and if - the app ends up getting used remains to be seen. The goal with "Sesame Street", which aired its first episode in 1969, was to educate children by taking advantage of their infatuation with the "powerful medium" of television. The app is launching for iPhone immediately, but will eventually come to Android and Amazon Fire devices. Messages in the app can't disappear or be hidden either, so parents can still keep tabs on what's being said to their children.

No ads means that Facebook will collect "little data" since it won't be doing targeted advertising towards kids on Messenger Kids.

An October study from Common Sense found that children 8 and under now average almost 2 ¹/₂ hours a day of screen time - with 48 of those minutes clocked from a mobile device.

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The video chat places a big emphasis on interactive face filters that use frames, masks, stickers and emojis, as well as various sound effects.

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