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Facebook have launched a Messenger app just for kids

Facebook have launched a Messenger app just for kids

Then, using the Messenger Kids bookmark in the main Facebook app, parents can approve anyone who is friends with them as a contact for their kid, like aunts and uncles or godparents.

Facebook mentioned in its blog post that the app is created to enable kids to communicate with their friends and family through video chats and text messages as well as share photos and videos.

While Messenger Kids is Facebook's first app specifically for users under the age of 13, it's not the social network's first attempt at reaching young people. They create accounts for their kids and manage who their children are able to contact - specific approval is required.

Jeremy Hunt told Facebook "stay away from kids" today after the social network unveiled its first ever app aimed at pre-teen children.

The world's biggest social media website Facebook has confirmed this week that they are now in the process of developing a new app that is exclusively made for children.

The app is now available only on Apple App Store and will subsequently be released on Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the coming months.

Parents are often anxious about what their kids do on social media and whom they are talking to, especially Facebook.

Facebook has added an array of effects to make the video chat more enjoyable for children.

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We've worked extensively with parents and families to shape Messenger Kids and we're looking forward to learning and listening as more children and families start to use the iOS preview. One user gave the product one star and commented: "Way too easy for children to sign up without parents' knowledge". On the other hand, 84% of online adults in the United States aged 30-49 used Facebook in 2016, up from 79% in 2015, according to Pew Research Center.

The app is completely controlled by the parents.

Facebook has rolled out a new version of Messenger geared toward children 13 and under.

"The risk of exposure to things [children] were not developmentally prepared for is huge", said Kristelle Lavallee, a children's psychology expert who worked with Facebook to develop the app, reports The Guardian. According to some users on Facebook, they claim it to be a DDOS attack on Facebook's chat servers. Messenger Kids is designed as a legal way for kids to participate.

Just a thought: Will we someday have "Truth" campaigns to keep kids from starting social media accounts?

He said: 'Not sure this is the right direction at all.

Facebook also said it would block children from sharing nudity, sexual or violent content, and have a dedicated moderation team to respond to flagged content.


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