Hunt to Facebook: 'Stay away from my kids'

Hunt to Facebook: 'Stay away from my kids'

Hunt to Facebook: 'Stay away from my kids'

On one hand, Messenger Kids allows parents to approve who their children converse with on the app.

The new version of the chat app comes with strict parental controls, child-friendly features, screened content and various safety features to prevent children from sharing inappropriate content.

Messenger Kids will only downloadable in the U.S. and is available on iOS.

Messenger Kids has also sparked concerns among some parents, pediatricians and consumer advocates who worry about the data Facebook will be gathering from kids.

For example, the app allows the Facebook friends of a child's parents to see that they have Messenger Kids, which Jesse Weinberger, cybersafety speaker and author of The Boogeyman Exists; And He's In Your Child's Back Pocket, says is concerning. They may do so using their own standard Messenger app. However, the new move will open up use of the network to those under 13.

Whilst kids can use the social media apps and the messaging apps which are designed for the adults and teenagers, those services aren't built for them, stated Kristelle Lavallee, a children's psychology expert, she suggested the Facebook on designing the service.

To know more about children's needs, and the risks they face online, Facebook collaborated with various agencies and institutions such as the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Center on Media and Child Health, Connect Safely, and the Sesame Workshop.

"There are no ads in Messenger Kids and your child's information isn't used for ads", reads Facebook's statement. In response to that, Facebook (fb) wrote: "On Thursday November 30 just after midnight Pacific time we became aware that a few people were having issues with their Messenger accounts". Balkam also stated that the millions of kids under 13 are already on Facebook, with or without their parents' approval. "We appreciate that for now, the product is ad-free and appears created to put parents in control".

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

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is spending December on parental leave with his two daughters, hasn't spoken publicly yet about Messenger Kids. According to a release, Facebook plans to release the app on other platforms such as the Amazon App Store, and the Google Play Store.

Even so, child heath experts like Dunaway remain skeptical. "They want a level of control over their kids' digital world that is similar to the level they have in the real world".

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