Hunt to Facebook: 'Stay away from my kids'

Hunt to Facebook: 'Stay away from my kids'

Hunt to Facebook: 'Stay away from my kids'

For parents in the USA who are interested in trying out the new child-friendly app, Messenger Kids is now available for iOS devices.

"There's really a gap in the market for a messaging app for kids that also gives parents control", Facebook spokeswoman Lauren Svensson said. Here's all you need to know to check whether the social media site is experiencing problems, or whether the issue is on your end, in the future.

Facebook said the point of Messenger Kids was to provide a more controlled environment for the types of activities that were occurring across smartphones and tablets among family members. Parents shouldn't, for example, see an ad for a toy on Facebook because their child talked about it on Messenger Kids. "This is just one more way for kids to have access to social media that can lead to more bullying", Gina says. Once these parameters are set, kids can only see the approved contacts whether they are online or not.

If a parent deletes a Messenger Kids account, Facebook will also erase the data they collect, but the company notes that messages and content sent to users before the deletion may remain visible.

What makes this app different from the normal messenger app. This means that you won't get unknown people trying to add you on Facebook. The app requires an adult with a Facebook account to set up the app for his child.

"Why should parents simply trust that Facebook is acting in the best interest of kids?"

"After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the United States, we found that there's a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want", Loren Cheng, product management director for the new app, explained in an announcement on Facebook's website.

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Facebook announced Messenger Kids today, insisting it was a response to the reality of who some of its users are.

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

Other parental controls include account creation, blocking, reporting, and account deletion.

Facebook said that this feature will not robotically send the regular Facebook or Messenger when they get old enough, however, the company can give them the option to move contacts to Messenger down the line.

No. There are no adverts in Messenger Kids.

Facebook requires that children use their first and last name and a picture of themselves for the app. "It is free to download and there are no in-app purchases", Cheng added, as quoted by The Verge.

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