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Facebook Messenger for Kids

05 December 2017, 02:18 | Gina Pena

Messenger Kids allows children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents

Messenger Kids allows children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents

Parents use their Facebook email and password to activate their child's account.

The app itself is visually oriented, as children tend to prefer real-time video chats, Facebook told Engadget.

Facebook's move is the latest from a tech behemoth to show how companies are confronting the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Facebook said the app will not feature in-app purchases or ads nor will the child's information be used for ads. Facebook noted that proper privacy and security measures have been put in place to assure parents have full transparency and control over their kid's online activities.

Create an account: Finish the setup process by creating an account for your child, where all you'll need to do is provide their name. Finally, users of Messenger Kids can't delete any messages they've sent or received inside the app - another safeguard, in case parents want to check what their children have been up to.

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Right now, you can only do that in a feature-crippled Messenger Kids app available as a preview on United States iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches, but a Google Play and Amazon App Store expansion will definitely happen "in the coming months", and the general concept might be something worth exploring for the larger Facebook platform as well. My guess is, probably the hell not-not when so many kids have their own personal devices that connect to the internet.

A new report from TechCrunch says the free app is aimed at kids under 13, who can't yet have their own accounts under Facebook's rules, though they often do. Facebook says it will have an Android version of the app ready to go soon, but for now, kids are limited to chatting on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. The social networking giant also made it clear that Messenger Kids accounts would not transition into a usual Facebook account when a child turns 13.

"Kids as young as 10 years old easily get 300 text messages a day from social media interactions; this is too stressful".

Facebook is launching a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents. A child can't even create an account on his or her own - a parent must do it for them. "A child does not have the cognitive maturity or impulse control to properly manage their time and use on digital platforms", Hempe said.

The app, which is rolling out as a preview to iOS with Android coming later, is only available in the USA for the timebeing. The social network also is looking at building controls around how much time a child can spend on the app. It also includes a GIFs section for choosing images to send to friends, but content in the section is regulated by Facebook.



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