The Facebook Messenger Kids app is an app especially for the kids that they can use to chat with family and friends. The social media giant is launching a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents. Additionally, the app can be linked to their parents account, enabling parents to monitor their child's activity and contact list.
Facebook said that the new app, with no ads or in-app purchases, is aimed at 6- to 12-year-olds. Sean Parker, one of Facebook's early investors and its first president, recently opined on the negative impact of the service he helped create.
Though, it is important to note, Facebook has made clear that the accounts won't automatically/magically turn into regular Facebook accounts when the child comes of age at 13.
The app also taps into concerns parents have about their children being exposed to bullying and inappropriate content on the internet. Even so, Balkam said millions of kids under 13 are already on Facebook, with or without their parents' approval. The company also says Messenger Kids won't show ads or collect data for marketing.
Recognizing the relationship between parent and child, and that we take our responsibility and their trust in us seriously.More news: Snow, flurries possible later this week as cold temps settle in
More news: Young rapper and grandma become best friends over Words with Friends
More news: US, China held rare security meeting after North Korea launch
"Probably like most parents, I recoiled I horror at this announcement but on reading more, I'm sold", said Anne-Marie O'Leary, editor in chief at Netmums. James Steyer, CEO of the kids-focused non-profit group Common Sense, said that while he liked the idea of a messaging app that requires parental sign-ups, many questions remain.
Federal law prohibits Internet companies from collecting personal information on kids who are below 13 without their parents' permission; as well the feature imposes restrictions on advertising to them. This will not create a Facebook account for your child or give them access to your Facebook account.
So how does Facebook plan to moderate its Kids app? He's used to thinking about worst-case scenarios. Still, it doesn't have the best track record on unintended consequences, and if it screws this up, the damage and backlash will be massive.
"Stay away from my kids please Facebook and act responsibly!" So did his lieutenants Chris Cox, CPO, and Andrew Bosworth, head of hardware.
"When I was in my mid-twenties, you never think you're going to be gone, ever", Marcus admits. The prevailing mood is that since kids are using social networks, you might as do what you can to make sure that use is safe and monitored.