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Facebook Messenger down for some

Facebook Messenger down for some

The new app called Messenger Kids is a stand-alone chat and messaging app that allows children to send texts, messages and videos to a list of contacts that has been approved by their parents. The home screen shows them at a glance who they are allowed to talk to, and when those contacts are online. Or use what was discussed in Messenger Kids to target ads at teens as they graduate into over-13 Facebook. "Once their account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat with parent-approved contacts", a Facebook announcement read.

The Messenger Kids app on an iPad. One may also look at Facebook's new move as trying to "catch them early" so as to not lose their consumer base to competition.

"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", said Loren Cheng, product manager for Messenger Kids. If the child does it, the parent is notified. Also, just as with their adult counterparts, this also revealed the need for them to have their chatting solution that will let them chat with their friends or family members without having to leave their world.

Know any parents who aren't on Facebook, and whose kids want to chat using Messenger Kids with your children?

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

"We believe that it's possible to give kids a fun experience that provides more peace of mind for parents, too", Facebook's Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis writes in a blog post.

What do you think of Facebook Messenger for Kids?

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Compared to the main Facebook network, the automated moderation tech used for the Kids app "has more stringent policies, so it is implemented differently" than Facebook's typical moderation tools, the spokesperson said.

Facebook-owned Instagram does not even ask users to do that, simply telling them they have agreed to its terms and conditions, including its lower age limit, by signing up.

Bernstein says Facebook's development of Messenger Kids is a way of reaching today's young internet-infatuated children so they can connect with friends and family safely with parental oversight and collaboration. Instead, the company stressed that it is taking security for Messenger Kids very seriously.

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