Facebook unveils parent-controlled messenger app just for kids

Is Facebook Down, FB messenger down for many users

Is Facebook Down, FB messenger down for many users

It's called "Messenger Kids" and it will allow children between the ages of 6 and 12 who are too young to get a Facebook account-to chat with friends.

Kids said they want to use the platforms to have fun and connect with family.

Recognizing the relationship between parent and child, and that we take our responsibility and their trust in us seriously.

Kids will be able to send photos, videos or other messages to relatives or other contacts accessible through the primary Messenger app, and vice versa.

Because research on the long-term effects of screen time and technology on children is still limited, Facebook also announced a $1 million research fund to work with experts to explore the growing concerns.

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

Facebook in its response wrote: "On Thursday November 30 just after midnight Pacific time we bacame aware that a few people were having issues with their Messenger accounts". After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the USA, 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. Once their account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat with parent-approved contacts.

With so many people starting to rely on Messenger as their main form of communication, a lot of people are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations.

Facebook added special proactive detection safety filters to prevent children from sharing sexual content, nudity or violence. Our team is working to resolve this.

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

The company said that children's information will not be used for any ads and there are no ads in the app.

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