The most popular social network Facebook has announced on Monday, that it is launching a new app for kids, Messenger Kids. It will allow children to use Facebook’s messaging software. Facebook Launches Kids Messenger with Parental Control.
It is the first time that the Facebook has allowed children to have an official presence on any of its platforms, who are younger than 13. With an extra parental controls, children can swap messages, make video calls, and share selfies, GIFs, and stickers with their friends. Currently, this newly introduced app is available to iPhone users in the United States.
Facebook Launches Kids Messenger with Parental Control
Messenger Kids accounts are not treated like the typical Facebook account, because there are no ads. Facebook has confirmed that it will not hand over data from Messenger Kids to advertisers.
Facebook has also done one another good thing to the wall of Messenger Kids accounts from Facebook’s main social graph, that the only friends of their parents have the ability to see a child’s Messenger account.
Product Management Director at Facebook Loren Cheng said:
“Parents control every facet of it
Facebook said that the company has spent the almost 18 months having negotiations with childhood development and safety experts in order to come up with a set of controls. The company also claimed that it will definitely satisfy the parents concerns.
Moreover, Facebook has a dedicated a professional team, who will monitor reports from Messenger Kids accounts. In order to detect certain types of content, like nudity, and prevent it from being shared within the app, the company is also using an authentic software.