Facebook, the social media giant has changed the age restriction and launched its version of the app for the kids. Only those aged 13 and over are allowed to use Facebook. But the prevention methods are not effective, hence 20 million under-13-year-olds are thought to be using the network.
Facebook launched its first app targeted for young users. It’s a closed and strict network that needs parental approval before use.
“Today, in the US, 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. After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National Parent -Teacher Association(PTA), and parenting experts in the US, we found that there’s a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want,” says Loren Cheng – Product Management Director of Facebook.
Messenger Kids is a simplified, isolated version of the messaging app Facebook today offers those over 13. If two children want to be friends on Messenger Kids, that friendship has to be approved by a parent for both children. Friends can do live video chat and send pictures and text to each other once they are confirmed. There will also be “a library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools that let them decorate content and express their personalities”.
In addition to video chat, kids can send photos, videos or text messages to their parent-approved friends and adult relatives, who will receive the messages via their regular Messenger app.
Messenger Kids gives parents more control. Parents fully control the contact list and kids can’t connect with contacts that their parent does not approve. Parents control kids accounts and contacts through the Messenger Kids Controls panel in their main Facebook app.