Facebook launches Messenger Kids app - but parents vet chat contacts

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Messenger Kids is a training wheels version of its full-fledged product - which will allow children to exchange messages and photos with friends and family as well as video chats.

Today Facebook unveiled Messenger Kids, a new kids-only version of Messenger for children under 13 who aren't old enough to have a Facebook account of their own but still want to chat with friends and family on the social network. First, it keeps children away from Facebook proper, and second, it gives parents complete control over their child's Messenger Kids accounts. The app, which launches Monday in the United States, gives the company access to a new market whose age prohibits them from using the firm's main social network.

This experience is tailored to devices that are given to kids, not the smartphones or tablets that parents use, which may already have a Messenger app installed.

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Facebook says the Messenger Kids project was developed while working closely with child development experts with consideration for questions like "is there a "right age" to introduce kids to the digital world?" The app allows them to do text conversations or make video calls to any person or group. The rules for traditional Facebook services aren't changing, kids still have to be 13 years old to get their own accounts. There are no advertisements or in-app purchases in the app, and Facebook says it can detect certain types of abusive content and prevent it from appearing in Messenger Kids. These controls are accessible through the main Facebook app. "A website operator must include in a privacy policy, when and how to seek verifiable consent form a parent and what responsibilities an operator has to protect children's privacy and safety online".

She said, "For a child who is just now starting out in social media to have certain restrictions and parental guidance, that is important". Further, there would be no advertisements in Messenger Kids, and parents would be able to communicate with Messenger Kids using their existing Messenger app. That's a departure from Facebook's approach in the past, as when it required users to download the separate Messenger app in 2014 in order to send direct messages on Facebook. Davis said that Facebook spoke with the Federal Trade Commission to ensure that the app complies with COPPA.

Facebook's child-friendly venture comes as other tech companies like YouTube struggle with kid content on their platform. It will be soon available for Android and Amazon Kindle devices.

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Sensing it could face criticism for developing a product that would help convert kids to regular Facebook users after they turn thirteen, Facebook cleverly prepared a defense in advance, notes The Verge.

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