Facebook launches Messenger Kids

Allan Goodman
December 6, 2017

It launched Monday in the US, initially on Apple devices.

Facebook Kids is designed for under-13s who are now not allowed to use the Facebook social network.

When a child uses the Messenger Kids app, they'll be able to send messages, photos, recordings, stickers, animated filters, and can even start video calls, as well as "like" messages. "We want to create technologies that benefit, rather than harm or are merely neutral on the lives of children".

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

Facebook created the app after surveying parents across the US.

The Messenger Kids app, aimed at kids ages 6-12, rolled out Monday on iOS in the U.S. An Android version is coming soon. The Messenger account must be set up by a parent, and parents will have to give approval for anyone trying to communicate with their children.

Facebook also confirms that it's taking great measures to make sure that the app doesn't come off in any way exploitative. How many more years can Donald Trump sustain them?

Kids under 13 can't be on Facebook or Messenger under the company's rules- but many already are.

Children's charity Barnardo's has also criticised the social media site over the new app.

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Messenger features like location sharing and payments have been stripped out, while the Kids version of Giphy won't let you search for things like "sex". Six-year-olds should be playing with worms, not getting FOMO.

There is tentative support for what Facebook is doing. Today his company is laying the foundation for an ageless social network.

The health secretary said he had spoken to the company and claimed it had pledged to take tougher action to stop underage children using its network.

Chief executive Javed Khan said today: "We have serious concerns about young children using Messenger Kids and would urge Facebook to work with child safety experts before introducing it in the United Kingdom to protect children from grooming or sharing inappropriate images".

"But without clear policies about data collection, what happens to the content children post, and plans for the future, it is impossible to fully trust the platform". Instead, parents have to ask to look at their kids' screen, which Chung says is a more common behavior pattern. With Facebook nearly 14 years old itself, children not yet born when it launched are now allowed on its main app. CEO Mark Zuckerberg just had two kids.

Facebook knows this move into looking after far more vulnerable users will be watched extremely closely.

Although, Facebook hasn't made any official statements yet regarding why Facebook messenger has gone down.

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.

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