Facebook Launches Messenger for Kids

Isaac Cain
December 6, 2017

Before Facebook Kids users can add friends and video chat, text, or exchange pictures with them, a parent of both of the children concerned have to approve the friendship. Whether it's using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she's working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families.

Jenny Radesky, a paediatrics professor at the University of MI, told the Wall Street Journal: "In my research, clinical work and friendships, I've never heard parents say that they want their child using social media earlier". They create accounts for their kids and manage who their children are able to contact - specific approval is required.

Children aren't searchable on Facebook which means children will have to first find their friend's parents on Facebook to get permission.

As under the federal law, users under the age of 13 legally can not sign-in and open a Facebook account or use it. "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.

The firm said it offered a more appropriate app, which parents could allow their children to use on tablets and smartphones.

"Messenger Kids gives parents more control". We will update this news article as soon as new updates are available regarding why Facebook chat system has gone offline.

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The app may be built for kids to use, but parents are the ones in the driver's seat.

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

Facebook now restricts people below 13 years of age from signing up to its platform, but many younger children simply lie about their age to circumvent the controls. Like the main Facebook network, users can report content inside Messenger Kids.

The Health Secretary said Facebook should instead be focused on enforcing its rule banning children aged under 13 from being members at all. Facebook did not specify how children and parents could prove their relation to each other.

Teen user growth on Facebook's flagship product has stagnated in the past few years as Gen Z'ers increasingly gravitate towards more intimate-feeling messaging platforms (re: Snapchat), rather than public-facing social media.

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