Add contacts: To add people to your child's approved contact list, go to the Messenger Kids parental controls panel in your main Facebook app. The company took many cues from these conversations, said Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety. Steyer said in a statement. "Video calls become so much more playful with AR", says Marcus.
Basically, this was designed so that parents can protect their children from things that shouldn't be accessed by them in the first place. When children turn 13, they won't instantly have their Messenger Kids profiles turned into real Facebook profiles, nor will they get kicked off Messenger Kids.
Several major tech firms have recently released products that allow younger children to use their services within the limits of the kids' privacy law - and reach more of the country's 48.8 million children under the age of 13 in the process.
The app allows children to send photos, videos and text messages and make video calls.
Relatives and friends with Facebook accounts can try to add children's account to their contacts.
Davis said that Facebook spoke with the Federal Trade Commission to ensure that the app is compliant with COPPA.
"To give kids and parents a fun, safer solution, we built Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lives on kids' tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent's Facebook account". Messenger Kids, meanwhile, is a result of seeing what kids like, which is images, emoji and the like.
The social media giant noted in its rollout that Messenger Kids would differ from Messenger.
It is reported by UNN with reference to the official website of the company.
If two children want to be friends on Messenger Kids, that friendship has to be approved by a parent for each child.
Some individuals and groups have expressed concerns about the new app and questioned Facebook's true intentions for opening the service up to young users.
Facebook's focus on younger children raised some alarm bells, however. No message content is collected for ad targeting (same as Messenger), and there's no in-app purchases to worry about. On one side are parents such as Matt Quirion of Washington, who said Facebook's snaking its way into his children's lives at an early age would most likely do more harm than good. After this, the device can be handed back to the child, and they can start chatting by using Messenger Kids.
"New aspects of the product will emerge", she said, in her role as a senior consultant for the Center for Digital Democracy.
The app is now only available in the U.S. on Apple's iOS operating system.
The Facebook app, Messenger Kids, is a special version of its Messenger app and is designed for kids 6-12. The company has no plans to release a similar kids-only platform for its other main social network, Instagram. But that's slightly changing now, as the company has chose to open the doors of its Messenger services to the kids. Facebook also said it won't automatically move users to the regular Messenger or Facebook when they get old enough, though the company might give them the option to move contacts to Messenger down the line.
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