Christian charity concerned by Facebook's new app for kids

Christian charity concerned by Facebook's new app for kids

Christian charity concerned by Facebook's new app for kids

Messenger Kids is a simplified, locked-down version of the messaging app Facebook that offers those over 13 to use the app. It's heavy on visuals and includes video chat and group video chat options.

Facebook has promised the data will not be used in any way to power the "grown up" Facebook.

Add contacts: To add people to your child's approved contact list, go to the Messenger Kids parental controls panel in your main Facebook app.

Christian charity concerned by Facebook's new app for kids

While the Facebook technically only allows children aged 13 to create profiles, lax prevention methods has resulted in more than 20 million under under-13-year-olds using the network, according to Consumer Reports.

"We created Messenger Kids with the belief that parents are ultimately the best judges of their kids' technology use, and the parents we've spoken to have asked for a better way to control the way their children message", Davis wrote.

Every child account on Messenger Kids must be set up by a parent.

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The messages sent by the kids from the Messenger Kids app will be received by the recipients through the regular Messenger app.

This is the first time Facebook has developed an app specifically for kids.

"I think this is the solution because it allows the parents to approve whoever he talks to and to have that kind of control, I think it solves a lot of the issues with safety", one mom said.

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You can head over to messengerkids.com if you want more information about the Messenger Kids app.

We've worked extensively with parents and families to shape Messenger Kids and we're looking forward to learning and listening as more children and families start to use the iOS preview. Plus, it follows all the rules of COPPA, the law that protects children's online privacy.

Messenger Kids is available in the App Store for USA iOS users with plans for it to go live on Google Play and the Amazon App Store in the coming months.

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