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Facebook wants kids under 13 to try new Messenger app

Facebook wants kids under 13 to try new Messenger app

Facebook's new Messenger Kids app debuted this week.

Facebook also confirms that it's taking great measures to make sure that the app doesn't come off in any way exploitative.

Messenger Kids is being trialled in the United States as a standalone app for a smartphone or tablet that is controlled from a parent's Facebook account and does not create a main Facebook profile for young users.

Messenger Kids isn't Facebook's first attempt to attract a young audience.

Approved adults can also contact children through the app - although they will get their messages through the normal Facebook Messenger app.

The NSPCC said the app was "a step in the right direction" because it discourages kids from lying about their age to get an account on Facebook, which has a minimum age of 13. Parents control kids accounts and contacts through the Messenger Kids Controls panel in their main Facebook app.

Torn between the benefits and drawbacks of social media, Leigh Turberville Harrell hasn't decided yet whether to let her children use Facebook's new messaging app for kids. Messenger Kids represents a safe environment for children while expanding Facebook's reach. The company recently shuttered a failed app for high schoolers called Lifestage.

"Messenger Kids gives parents more control". The company also says Messenger Kids won't show ads or collect data for marketing.

The father of three told this news organization in Facebook Messenger he will not be getting Messenger Kids for his six-year-old. They are allowed to monitor everything that happens along the way, and, as Messenger Kids' accounts won't be searchable, parents can be the ones sending and responding to any and all friend requests.

Critics are attacking Facebook over its new messaging app aimed at children.

However, youngsters will need parental approval before they can use the app. Anyway, here's what you need to know about it.

Recognizing the relationship between parent and child, and that we take our responsibility and their trust in us seriously.

The company said that children's information will not be used for any ads and there are no ads in the app. "With the feature-filled camera, kids can create fun videos and decorate photos to share moments with loved ones". At that point, your child's device can be handed back to them so that they can start using Messenger Kids. However, you're allowed to delete your child's profile at will or remove a contact you no longer approve of.

Judging from Facebook's own announcement posts, Messenger Kids is seemingly set up to maintain an appropriate space for young minds looking to dip into the wild world of the web.

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