Facebook App For iPhone Aimed At Catering to Child Users

Funner than ever

Facebook has chose to launch a messaging app for children to chat with others approved by their parents.

Facebook said Messenger Kids will not show advertisements or collect information for marketing purposes. U.S.

We say safely because accounts in Messenger can not be created by a kid alone.

The new application aims to provide kids with a safe way to video call or message friends and loved ones whenever and wherever they want.

The creation of Messenger Kids is not an isolated initiative, rather it comes as part of a conscious push from the social media megaforce to increase its presence amongst youths.

Created to be compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) which forbids children under the age of 13 from giving out their personal information without a parent's permission, every child account on Messenger Kids must be set up by a parent.

Kids still can't be found through Facebook search, which protects their privacy. The app will seek for the approval of parents for both activating an account as well as to add a new contact. The home screen of the app shows them who they are approved to talk to, and when those contacts are online.

The company has stated that there will be no ads on Messenger Kids and that children's data will not be used for ads.

Facebook has rolled out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app created to make it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends, in the US.

For the first time, Facebook is opening up to children under age 13 with a privacy-focused app created to neutralize child predator threats that plague youth-focused competitors like Snapchat. Once the parent has authenticated it with their own account, they set up a mini-profile with their kid's name and photo. From there, kids can dive instantly into a video chat or text thread with their contacts. "We appreciate that for now, the product is ad-free and appears created to put parents in control".

Facebook hired a special team to develop kid-friendly creative tools, from fidget spinner and dinosaur AR masks to crayon-style stickers. "Sometimes after 5 or 10 minutes it's really hard to have a sustained conversation with a 7-year-old", but kids can joke around with Grampa using the selfie filters when they run out of run-on stories to tell them. But she said that while Facebook made the app with the best of intentions, it's not yet known how people will actually use it. "We've been working closely with the FTC so we're lockstep with them".

One thing that might surprise some people is that there's no way for parents to secretly spy on what their kids are saying in their chats.

"While kids have more ways than ever to learn and benefit from online experiences, three out of four parents say they worry about their kids' online safety and want more control".

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

While Facebook said in the briefing that the app was designed for kids age 6 to 12, younger kids are allowed on, too.

The company also said it would not automatically move users to the regular Messenger app or Facebook service after they turn 13.

To know more about children's needs, and the risks they face online, Facebook collaborated with various agencies and institutions such as the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Center on Media and Child Health, Connect Safely, and the Sesame Workshop.

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