Facebook Launched 'Messenger Kids' Standalone App for Children Under 13

07 December, 2017, 02:34 | Author: Rosa Wright
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Facebook's expansion into this market raised some alarm bells. "For the significant minority of parents who are tech skeptics, they will probably want to steer clear".

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Messenger Kids is a lot like the regular Facebook Messenger app, but it injects some parental control.

Facebook requires that children use their first and last name and a picture of themselves for the app.

While some users were not sure whether they were the only ones affected, others hilariously tweeted that Messenger going down means the end is quite near.

Facebook has been careful to comply with the law, said Kathryn Montgomery, a communications professor at American University and one of the main advocates who helped get COPPA passed.

According to the BBC's North America technology reporter, Dave Lee, the prevention methods to stop under-age children using Facebook are "trivial", meaning more than 20 million under-13-year-olds are thought to be using the network. More than two billion people use Facebook every month, while its other apps, like Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, have billions of users.

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"New aspects of the product will emerge", said Montgomery, in her role as a senior consultant for the Center for Digital Democracy. But they also described Messenger Kids as a marketing effort to increase consumer loyalty.

Facebook says the app was created with parents.

Then, authenticate your child's iOS device using your own Facebook username and password.

She also has concerns about the potential for online bullying. As with Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat, children can add filters or playful drawings to the photos they send. But that safety depends on the fact that kids won't know their parents' Facebook passwords. Facebook plans to release Android and Amazon versions next year.

But some online safety experts say many kids under the age of 13 are already on social networks.

She's anxious that introducing a Facebook product to young kids is only going to make them want to use the main Facebook product, as well as other apps like this. The service will not allow for the children to add their own friends or even deleting messages - only parents can do that.

It's an early version of the app with limited availability. He said the company would not automatically convert children's accounts to adult accounts when they turned 13.

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