Facebook Launches Messaging App for Kids

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Before Facebook Kids users can add friends and video chat, text, or exchange pictures with them, a parent of both of the children concerned have to approve the friendship.

Once parents download the Facebook app to their child's iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, they will authenticate it with their Facebook account.

Facebook Kids is designed for under-13s who are now not allowed to use the Facebook social network. The spokesperson said that Facebook will continue to update the enforcement of its policies depending on the types of content that Messenger Kids users report.

She cited research that shows some 93 percent of US kids ages six to 12 have access to tablets or smartphones - and 66 percent have their own device, often using apps meant for teens and adults.

Like we already said, kids can also make video calls from this app, and, they can also send photos and videos to the people they are chatting with.

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Facebook have launched a Messenger app just for kids

Today, in the USA, we're rolling out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends when they can't be together in person.

The Messenger Kids app is now only available in the U.S. and can be downloaded on iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone from the App Store. Parents won't be able to spy on their kids' chats.

YouTube has recently received criticism over concerns with its Kids app, which features videos tailored toward children. Messenger Kids is also created to be compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).

Facebook said it consulted with 1,200 parents plus online security and child development specialists, including the National Parent-Teacher Association, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Connect Safely, Center on Media and Child Health, and Sesame Workshop.

For now, the app is only available for Apple products, but will soon be coming to Android and Google.

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