"Today, parents are increasingly allowing their children to use tablets and smartphones, but often have questions and concerns about how their kids use them and which apps are appropriate", Facebook's Loren Cheng said.
While some parents feel Facebook snaking its way into his children's lives at an early age would most likely do more harm than good some others think that technology going to be adopted by kids is inevitable. Parents will not have to download any additional app, as everything for their kids can be accessed within the main Messenger account of theirs. Google in March introduced "Family Link", which allowed parents to set up kid-friendly Google Accounts.
Fortunately, family members and relatives do not need to download the same Messenger Kids app in order to chat with the toddlers. Parental permission is required to sign up for the app, she said.
Meanwhile, the company also ensured the enjoyment of each children on means of putting an array of effects to make the video chat more fun for the youngster.
Earlier this week, the watchdog organization Center for Digital Democracy, which helped to pass the Children's Privacy Protection Act, praised Facebook's launch of the new service. "Facebook needs to provide assurances that this "walled garden" service they describe is fully protective of children", they wrote. Once their account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat with parent-approved contacts.
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It is reported by UNN with reference to the official website of the company. After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the United States, 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.
"While we appreciate Facebook taking steps to protect this vulnerable population by including parental controls, establishing an ad-free environment, and restricting some data collection, we remain concerned about where sensitive information collected through this app could end up and for what objective it could be used", they wrote.
Facebook's focus on younger children raised some alarm bells, however. The app does not contain ads and is free of in-app purchases. "But why should parents simply trust that Facebook is acting in the best interest of kids?" said Jim Steyer, executive director of Common Sense Media, in a statement. So if a child wants to be able to chat with one of their classmates, their parent must first friend that kid's parent, and then will see the option to approve that adult's child as a contact for their own kid.
Facebook has been careful to comply with the law, Montgomery said. We can push the boundaries to create the fastest and most creative space for private sharing when Direct is a camera-first, standalone app. Soon there will be a version for users of the Android platform. Messenger Kids is interoperable with the main Messenger app, so adults don't actually have to download the Kids app. Still, a reporting interface written specifically for kids lets them flag anything sketchy to a dedicated support team working 24/7.