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This week Facebook rolled out a new social media app for children between six and 12 years old called "Messenger Kids".

"There's really a gap in the market for a messaging app for kids that also gives parents control", Facebook spokeswoman Lauren Svensson said.

In a blog post for the launch, Facebook's Loren Cheng said: "Today, parents are increasingly allowing their children to use tablets and smartphones, but often have questions and concerns about how their kids use them and which apps are appropriate".

Once verified, the app allows the children to take part in live video chats, send pictures and text to each other. Facebook has done a lot of research with thousands of parents as well child development experts. Once these parameters are set, kids can only see the approved contacts whether they are online or not.

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On Monday, Facebook announced its newest child-friendly application, Messenger Kids, now rolling out among iOS users in the United States.

Adult friends and relatives will receive their decorated messages via the regular Facebook Messenger app.

Marketing mattersFacebook said Messenger Kids will not display any advertisements or it will not collect data for marketing, though it will collect some data so that the app can necessary to run the service. Davis said that if a parent decides to delete a child's account, Facebook will also delete any data from its own servers. Once that's done, you'll need to create a Messenger Kids account for your child (all you need to do is provide their name).

Joining the chorus against a messaging app exclusively for kids from Facebook, British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned the social media giant to stay away from his children. "If a kid asks their parent to add all of their classmates who are also using Messenger Kids, for example, the app could become just another way for kids to bully or gang up on one another".

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

No. There are no adverts in Messenger Kids. But, per the app's privacy policy, Facebook reserves the right to share information with third parties, which must in turn have their own privacy policies to protect children.

Is Facebook Messenger Kids free?

The preview app may be downloaded from the App Store using an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone.

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Magid said it may be more realistic to encourage companies to create safer, more limited and legally compliant services as a sort of "training wheels" version of more mainstream social media. Let us know in the comments.

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