Facebook introduces Messenger Kids app with parental controls

Facebook introduces Messenger Kids app with parental controls

Facebook has launched a preview of Messenger Kids, a new chat app that lets children communicate with friends and family in a safe environment with parental supervision.

Davis named some reasons Facebook made a decision to create Messenger Kids and why they chose to create it right now. " said Loren Cheng, Product Management Director, Facebook".

"This is by far the most clumsy part of Messenger Kids", TechCrunch reported.

Facebook Kids is available in the US now, initially for iOS devices only.

"There's really a gap in the market for a messaging app for kids that also gives parents control", Facebook spokeswoman Lauren Svensson said.

The Messenger Kids app can be controlled by a parent from their Facebook account and it has been co-developed by Facebook with parents, experts as well as kids.

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"Why should parents simply trust that Facebook is acting in the best interest of kids?"

"My concern is safety, getting friend requests from people you don't know, chatting with people you don't know, giving out information to strangers", one parent participant in the National PTA roundtable said. Once this is done, the kids can start chatting with the contacts that are approved by their parents.

Lavallee, who is content strategist at the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University, called Messenger Kids a "useful tool" that "makes parents the gatekeepers".

After that, parents have to provide their kid's name.

To ensure an enjoyable experience, the company created a kid-friendly version of the Giphy GIF sharing engine.

Hundreds of users were left clueless when they found their favourite social network messenger/chatting service, Facebook messenger down due to a worldwide outage.