Facebook launches parent-controlled app Messenger Kids for young children

Facebook says the app will enable children to 'safely' video chat and message

Fb has launched a brand new model of its Messenger app for teenagers, giving mother and father full management over what their kids see.

Messenger Youngsters is being trialled within the US as a standalone app that doesn’t require a predominant Fb profile – permitting kids below the age of 13 to make use of it.

The app is managed by means of a mum or dad’s Fb account, from which contacts might be added and accredited.

Fb says the app has been designed to allow kids to “safely” video chat and message family and friends.

It added that in 18 months of improvement it consulted with 1,200 mother and father, in addition to on-line safety and youngster improvement specialists.

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The app is controlled from a parent's Facebook account
The app is at the moment solely accessible within the US on Apple’s iOS working system

“Dad and mom are more and more permitting their kids to make use of tablets and smartphones, however usually have questions and considerations about how their youngsters use them and which apps are applicable,” Fb director Loren Cheng mentioned.

“So after we heard concerning the want for higher apps straight from mother and father throughout analysis and conversations with mother and father, we knew we would have liked to develop it alongside with the individuals who had been going to make use of it, in addition to consultants who might assist information our considering.”

The social community says Messenger Youngsters complies with US youngster on-line privateness legal guidelines and incorporates no adverts.

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It’s at the moment solely accessible within the US on Apple’s iOS working system.

The app is currently only available in the US on Apple's iOS operating system
Messenger Youngsters is managed from a mum or dad’s Fb account

The NSPCC mentioned the app was “a step in the best path” however urged Fb to seek the advice of with mother and father.

A spokesperson mentioned: “If this app is launched within the UK, it is necessary that oldsters are given sensible recommendation about the best way to set these accounts up and which contacts to approve to make sure their kids are as secure as attainable when utilizing the app.

“We would additionally encourage mother and father to have common conversations with their kids about what data is secure to share on-line and what to do in the event that they see something upsetting.

“Any mum or dad who desires recommendation on protecting kids secure on-line can contact the NSPCC and O2 helpline on 0808 800 5002.”

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