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Jeremy Hunt hits out at Facebook kids' app

06 December 2017, 12:43 | Patty Hardy

It’s been down since around 6.30am

Facebook Messenger is down and people can't cope

FacebookFacebook has launched a version of its Messenger app aimed for children six to twelve years old. Clicking on the linked message directs parents to the Messenger Kids manager, where you can add or remove contacts, or even delete the child's account outright. In a statement, they said: "The preview of Messenger Kids is only available in the United States, on iOS, it is a completely separate app from Facebook".

The versions for Android and Amazon's tablets are all set to come out eventually. But all in all, I would definitely give Messenger Kids a try. Instead, parents have to ask to look at their kids' screen, which Chung says is a more common behavior pattern.

Messenger kids allows children to talk, send photos, videos and text messages to friends who are approved by their parents and adult relatives.

Facebook won't show ads in Messenger Kids or use data from the app to target ads elsewhere, according to a company representative. Facebook's live video streaming feature, for example, has been used for lots of the useful things and innocuous stuff, but also to stream suicides and crimes.

YouTube has recently received criticism over concerns with its Kids app, which features videos tailored toward children. Stephen Balkam, CEO of the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute, said "that train has left the station".

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You won't be able to see what your kid is saying or what they're seeing from the management panel, which could be a deal breaker for parents of kids at the lower end of Messenger Kids' age range.

This is why Facebook as well many other social media companies forbid and prohibited the younger kids from joining. This app could put pressure on parents to introduce social media earlier to children who may not have developed the emotional resilience to cope with engaging with others online.

It's important to note that kids under 13 are still not allowed to sign up for a Facebook account. Messenger Kids is interoperable with the main Messenger app, so adults don't actually have to download the Kids app. Among them: Will it always remain ad-free, and will parents get ads based on the service?

Judging from Facebook's own announcement posts, Messenger Kids is seemingly set up to maintain an appropriate space for young minds looking to dip into the wild world of the web. Steyer said in a statement.

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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