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Jeremy Hunt tells Facebook to act responsibly over Messenger app for children

06 December 2017
Jeremy Hunt tells Facebook to act responsibly over Messenger app for children

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.

Well, in a bid to reduce parents' worries and make it easier for kids to talk with family and friends, Facebook has introduced the Messenger Kids app.

Facebook Inc. FB recently unveiled a new messaging application called Messenger Kids for children below the age of 13 in the United States. Messenger Kids came out Monday in the an app for Apple devices -the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Federal law prohibits Internet companies from collecting personal information on kids who are below 13 without their parents' permission; as well the feature imposes restrictions on advertising to them.

But kids, as kids, are learning at the fastest rates they ever will. Children are increasingly allowed to use the family computers and tablets, and many parents are concerned about the use of devices and exposure to dangers from unsupervised internet browsing. To get there, click on "More" on the bottom right corner in your main Facebook app, and click "Messenger Kids" in the Explore section.

The app also taps into concerns parents have about their children being exposed to bullying and inappropriate content on the internet.

The Health Secretary said Facebook should instead be focused on enforcing its rule banning children aged under 13 from being members at all.

While Facebook said in the briefing that the app was designed for kids age 6 to 12, younger kids are allowed on, too.

I love the idea of a kid-centered app that is tethered to my Facebook account.

"We need to prepare our children for the day when we're not there and we do that gradually giving them more and more responsibility as they get older and we do it by talking about them and by spending time with them - putting those boundaries in place".

Before Facebook wrote any code or drew any designs for the app, it says it started research 18 months ago to find out what kids and parents wanted out of a potential product.

While some users were not sure whether they were the only ones affected, others hilariously tweeted that Messenger going down means the end is quite near.

Facebook also said it would block children from sharing nudity, sexual or violent content, and have a dedicated moderation team to respond to flagged content.