Facebook Today (4th December 2017) unveiled a version of its Messenger application for children,chat app.Which is aimed at enabling kids under 12 to connect with other people under parental supervision.Messenger Kids is being rolled out for Apple iphone mobile devices in the U.S on a test basis as a standalone video chat and messaging app.
Product manager Loren Cheng said the social network leader is offering Messenger Kids because. “There is a need for a messaging app,chat app, that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.”Facebook said that the new app is aimed at 6- to 12-year-olds. It enables parents to control the contact list and does not allow children to connect with anyone their parent does not approve.
Facebook added it designed the chat app because many children are going online without safeguards.”Many of us at Facebook are parents ourselves, and it seems we weren’t alone when we realized that our kids were getting online earlier and earlier,” Facebook statement said.
A study showed that 93 percent of 6- to 12-year-olds in the US have access to tablets or smartphones.Two-thirds have a smartphone or tablet of their own.“We want to help ensure the experiences our kids have when using technology are positive, safer, and age-appropriate, and we believe teaching kids how to use technology in positive ways will bring better experiences later as they grow,“company said.
Facebook s rules require that children must be at least 13 to create an account, but many are believed to get around the restrictions.
Cheng added that data from children would not be used for ad profiles and that the application would be compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).“We have worked extensively with parents and families to shape Messenger Kids and we re looking forward to learning and listening as more children and families start to use the iOS preview,” Cheng said.