Facebook to launch chat app for children

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Facebook announced on Monday it was trialling Messenger Kids in the USA, a standalone app aimed at children under 13 to chat with friends and family, controlled from a parent's main Facebook account.

Lavallee, who is the content strategist at the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University, said about the Messenger Kids a "useful tool" that "makes parents the gatekeepers".

FacebookFacebook has launched a version of its Messenger app aimed for children six to twelve years old. Rolled out in the U.S. for the moment, Messenger Kids is a stand-alone app that will be available on kids' tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent's Facebook account.

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He said the company was failing to act responsibly despite having assured the government that it would not target its service at children, who can only use the main social media website if they are over 13. 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. "This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone", Loren Cheng, Product Management Director at Facebook, wrote in a blog post.




Facebook said the service would give children "positive, safer and age-appropriate" technology online.

"This app could put pressure on parents to introduce social media earlier to children who may not have developed the emotional resilience to cope with engaging with others online. Messenger Kids is also created to be compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA)". Then, authenticate your child's device using your own Facebook username and password. On Snapchat, where ephemerality can cover evidence of inappropriate contact, or Musical.ly, where kids dance provocatively in front of huge audiences, dangers mount and parents are often clueless. To protect minors, Facebook doesn't allow kids under 13 to sign up for a Facebook account.

The Secretary of State for Health said he was not sure Messenger Kids, which is being rolled out in the USA before the United Kingdom, "is the right direction at all". Though, there are a few issues with this initial release, Facebook is taking steps in the right direction with Messenger Kids in that it keeps strangers out.

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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