Facebook Messenger for Kids: Will you let your kids use it?

Facebook now has a messaging app just for kids

Setting up a Messenger Kids account for a child requires their parent to sign in at first with their Facebook accounts. Kids also are not allowed to delete conversations so adults can monitor their children's devices.

Messenger Kids is the product of over 12 months of development by the Messenger team, which also spoke to hundreds of parents, primarily in the USA, as well as the United Kingdom and Australia.

But kids can't sign up on their own. Product management director Loren Cheng insisted that the firm launched Messenger Kids in response to demand from parents. Once confirmed to be safe, friends can do live video chat and send pictures and text to each other.

Neither of those things would happen, Facebook said.

The parent-controlled app allows Mom and Dad to decide who their child can have on their contact list.Once a contact like a child's best friend or an aunt or cousin is added, they can chat freely with that person using the service. The social network also is looking at building controls around how much time a child can spend on the app.

Facebook has launched a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents.

Facebook today announced the release of a new Messenger app tailored for kids.

As children under 13 are not allowed to have a Facebook account, the app works entirely independently of one.

After all, not all Instagram users are Messenger users or Facebook users. Even so, Balkam said millions under-13 children are already on Facebook, with or without their parents' approval. Six-year-olds should be playing with worms, not getting FOMO. 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. Any harmful content that makes its way onto Messenger Kids will be a major issue for the firm.

That being said, the probability of having our son or daughter talking to a stranger is immeasurably low, considering that parents are in charge of supervising and accepting or not both messages and contacts.

As YouTube found out when disturbing videos found their way onto YouTube Kids, trying to make a child-safe space is hard - a minority of people will always be looking at ways to get around protections.

It's rolling out to iOS devices in the U.S. right now, with plans to launch it across Amazon App Store and Google Play in the coming months.

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