Facebook launches Messenger Kids app – but parents vet chat contacts
Friday 8th December 2017
Facebook is launching a new version of its chat app targeting children under 13 with strict parental controls including contact approvals.
The free app, called Messenger Kids, hopes to attract parents looking for a safe online chat service, with a greater level of parental control, child-friendly features, screened content and safety filters to prevent children sharing inappropriate content.
Messenger Kids is a standalone app installed on the child’s tablet or smartphone, but controlled from a parent’s Facebook account. The child does not have a Facebook account, which is prohibited for those under 13; instead the app operates as an extension of the parent’s account. Only parents have the ability to add friends or delete messages.
Read More at: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/04/messenger-kids-facebook-launches-under-13-chat-app-parental-contact-approval?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=255245&subid=21293473&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2