Messenger Kids app is a brilliantly devious Facebook scheme: Facebook has launched a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents…
Facebook launches parent-controlled Messenger app for kids
Messenger Kids is Facebook’s new app for kids 6 to 12, For the first time since its founding, Facebook is making an app for children under 13 Years of Age.
Messenger Kids – offers children the ability to chat and video chat with friends and family members, while at the same time giving parents control over who they are talking to just as the image below shows…
NEW YORK (AP) — What Facebook is coming for your kids Today.
The social media giant”Facebook” is launching a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents.
Messenger Kids comes with a slew of controls for parents. The service won’t let children add their own friends or cut messages — only parents can do that. Kids don’t get a separate Facebook or Messenger account; rather, it’s an extension of a parent’s account which you can create one now “Facebook parent account Registration”.
A KIDS-FOCUSED EXPERIENCE
While children do use messaging and social media apps designed for teenagers and adults, those services aren’t built for them, said Kristelle Lavallee, a children’s psychology expert who advised Facebook on designing the service.
Kristelle, who is a content strategist at the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University, called Messenger Kids a “useful tool” that “makes parents the gatekeepers” of they children online behavior. know more
HOOKED ON FACEBOOK
Is Messenger Kids simply a way for Facebook to rope in the young ones?
Stephen Balkam, CEO of the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute, said: “that train has left the station.”
Federal law prohibits internet companies from collecting personal information on kids under 13 without their parents’ permission and imposes restrictions on advertising to them. That’s why Facebook and other social media companies prevent younger kids under 13 years of age from joining.
Even so, Stephen said millions of kids under 13 are already on Facebook, with or without their parents’ approval.
He said Facebook is trying to deal with the situation pragmatically by steering young Facebook users to a service designed for them.
Features of Facebook Messenger Kids
Messenger Kids won’t show ads or collect data for marketing.
This Facebook for Kids is launching in the U.S. and available for Apple devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch).
it won’t automatically move users to the regular Messenger or Facebook when they get old enough
Messenger Kids have options to move contacts to Messenger down the line.
Versions for Android and Amazon’s tablets are coming later.
Messenger Kids is available for download at this link for Android, iPhone, and iPad.
Messenger Kids Android version is out too.
Play store – View – Kids Messenger – Android Apps Store
messengerkids.com – View – Official Web Portal Apple and Amazon
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