Facebook debuts 'Messenger Kids' with parental supervision tools

Facebook Messenger Goes Down/Offline Worldwide

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The app which will allow children to message and share videos with friends has apparently been approved by the regulatory bodies in the USA and it will only be available in the U.S. as Facebook say the app is still being developed.

If your child never makes a contact request, but you want to change a setting on their account, you just need to tap on the Explore section of your Facebook app or desktop and select the Messenger Kids.

Whilst kids can use the social media apps and the messaging apps which are designed for the adults and teenagers, those services aren't built for them, stated Kristelle Lavallee, a children's psychology expert, she suggested the Facebook on designing the service. Next step is to create a Messenger Kids Account and vet and approve the contacts their child can be in touch with.

It's important to understand that kids under 13 still can't sign up for a Facebook account.

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But kids, as kids, are learning at the fastest rates they ever will.

The firm said it offered a more appropriate app, which parents could allow their children to use on tablets and smartphones. The spokesperson said that Facebook will continue to update the enforcement of its policies depending on the types of content that Messenger Kids users report.

The move opens up a new way for Facebook to compete with Snap's disappearing-photo and chat app, which is popular among younger teenagers.

The app is completely controlled by the parents.

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Facebook has kept the app free from advertisements and in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA). Through the app, Facebook is attempting to steer young users toward a service that's actually designed for them.

I love the idea of a kid-centered app that is tethered to my Facebook account. If a child has already become familiar with the Facebook infrastructure and has become hooked, it does seem rather likely that they'll continue into their teen years and beyond. Children can start one-on-one contacts with parent-approved contacts. "We know giving access to the online world is a parental choice and we wanted to design something that gives parents the peace of mind they want when it comes to that decision, and delivers a really fun experience for kids to connect with friends and family".

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

Even though it has all those things, Facebook is still getting a lot of flack for it, but FB says don't worry about it!

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