Facebook launch Messenger Kids

Funner than ever

Facebook is coming for your kids.

Jeremy Hunt, Britain's health minister, has taken to social media to accuse Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg of reneging on a promise to prevent underage use on his site.

Indeed, the app can only be downloaded through a parent's Facebook account and it is created to give parents a great deal of control over how children use it. Parents completely control the contact list so children cannot add anyone not approved by them. Instead, parents can download the app on their child's iPhone or iPad, create their profile and approve friends and family for their kids to chat with directly from the main Messenger app.

Facebook has launched a messaging app for kids, a move which will see the social media giant expand their user base to a whole previously under-age sector.

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'The risk of exposure to things they were not developmentally prepared for is huge, ' she said. "This is by far the most clumsy part of Messenger Kids", TechCrunch reported.

Face filters and playful masks can be distracting for adults, Lavallee said, but for kids who are just learning how to form relationships and stay in touch with parents digitally, they are ways to express themselves.

"We're going to see how kids are using it, and that will allow us to add updates in future versions as necessary".

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For the first time, Facebook is opening up to children under age 13 with a privacy-focused app created to neutralize child predator threats that plague youth-focused competitors like Snapchat.

As with other tools Facebook has released in the past, intentions and real-world use do not always match up.

"Adam Alter writes about this in Irresistible, and one of the first points he makes is numerous Silicon Valley giants - like Steve Jobs - allegedly didn't let their kids use the technologies they were inventing".

Federal law prohibits internet companies from collecting personal information on kids under 13 without their parents' permission and imposes restrictions on advertising to them. "All of us are vulnerable to being less active, to experiencing insomnia and altered sleep patterns, to constantly comparing ourselves to others on social media", she told Sputnik.

It's important to understand that kids under 13 still can't sign up for a Facebook account. Some younger children have, however, already managed to get around this by giving false dates of birth to open accounts.

Messenger Kids is launching Monday in the US on Apple devices - the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

A United Kingdom government minister has warned Facebook to stay away from his children, after launching a controversial app for users as young as six. The exception is that if kids report a piece of objectionable content, their parents will be notified but still not shown the content in their own app.

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