Facebook Launches Messenger Kids With Strict Parental Controls For Children Under 13

Facebook Launches Messenger Kids With Strict Parental Controls For Children Under 13

"After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the U.S., we found that there's a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want", said Loren Cheng, Facebook's Product Management Director.

Facebook says the Messenger Kids project was developed while working closely with child development experts with consideration for questions like "is there a "right age" to introduce kids to the digital world?"

There's one thing your kids won't encounter in this app: ads. And it only works if the parents of the kids who want to talk via Messenger Kids are friends on Facebook themselves.

Facebook rolled out a preview Monday of Messenger Kids, a new app designed specifically for kids, allowing them to video chat and send message to friends and family.

If your kid loves playing around with Snapchat face filters, they're probably going to be stoked about Messenger Kids. You have a lot of say over who your kids connect with thanks to Messenger Kids so you won't have to worry about online predators or anything similar. Parents create and control their children's accounts and contacts, meaning kids can only message with users their parents have approved, and parents are additionally notified when their children report users for bullying. Facebook pledged that Messenger Kids meets the privacy standards set out under the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) and comes without ads.

Ideally, Facebook envisions kids using its youth-oriented messaging app to video chat with grandparents, stay in touch with cousins and other relatives, chat with mom and dad, and so forth.

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If you're interested in setting this up for your kids, you'll need to have an iOS device to do so in the meantime as Facebook says Messenger Kids is still in preview stages and will reach the Google Play Store and Amazon App Store in the coming months.

The application is available for preview in the United States and will roll out to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch initially.

She goes on to point out that "research shows that kids are using apps that are intended for teens and adults".

Authenticate: Then, authenticate your child's device using your own Facebook username and password. Facebook also said that it has filtering software and human moderators scouring the platform for inappropriate content that they will then remove. In fact, Facebook bars anyone younger than 13 from creating a profile, and has done so from the start.

CDD has never been shy when it thinks social media and other online platforms aren't protecting child privacy, so the strong positives in Montgomery's statement are noteworthy.

There are no adverts or in-app purchases and the social network said the child's information will not be used for advertising purposes. We'll let you know when that Android version eventually launches, but for now, head down to the comments section and give us your take on Messenger Kids.

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