Facebook have launched a Messenger app just for kids

Facebook have launched a Messenger app just for kids

Parents are able to monitor a child's activity on the app, which looks similar to the regular Facebook Messenger app. "In order for parents to effectively do that, they need to understand the app and let their kids know that they have the ability to check in and see what they're doing", she says.

On the last Monday, the Messenger Kids came out in the USA as an app for Apple devices - the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Facebook, like other social networks, requires users to be at least 13 years old to sign up for an account.

The app itself is controlled through a parent's Facebook account.

The health secretary accused the company of "targeting younger children" after Facebook announced on Monday that it was conducting trials of an app called Messenger Kids in the United States, which is created to be used by pre-teens.

But some consumer advocacy groups question whether the app will remain free of ads in the future and if Facebook will use the data to target parents with ads.

Parents are concerned by Facebook's new app for kids under 13.




Facebook made a big announcement on this week: The company has launched a messaging app that's designed just for kids.

It's now only available in the USA while it is being trialled and you can also only access it via an IOS device. Children can send photos, videos or text messages to parent-approved friends and adult relatives. They may do so using their own standard Messenger app. "Combine that immaturity with the problematic interactions that commonly occur over social media, and it could be messy".

He was joined in his criticism by leading children's society Barnardo's, which said the firm is targeting kids too young to use social media responsibly.

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

"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".

"Particularly for parents who have already tried to get their under 13s onto Facebook so they can communicate with grandma, this is a godsend", said Stephen Balkam, the founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. "We appreciate that for now, the product is ad-free and appears created to put parents in control".

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