Facebook debuts 'Messenger Kids' with parental supervision tools

Facebook debuts 'Messenger Kids' with parental supervision tools

She cited research that shows some 93 percent of USA kids ages six to 12 have access to tablets or smartphones - and 66 percent have their own device, often using apps meant for teens and adults.

There already are a handful of other apps that children can use with parental consent, and kids can communicate with each other using texting on cellphones.

Facebook said it consulted with 1,200 parents plus online security and child development specialists, including the National Parent-Teacher Association, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Connect Safely, Center on Media and Child Health, and Sesame Workshop.

"So when we heard about the need for better apps directly from parents during research and conversations with parents, we knew we needed to develop it alongside the people who were going to use it, as well as experts who could help guide our thinking".


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's live video streaming feature, for example, has been used for plenty of innocuous and useful things, but also to stream crimes and suicides. Parents won't be able to spy on their kids' chats. This includes Facebook's messaging via browser and the Messenger App.

The move seems created to lure kids to the app before they try Facebook rival Snapchat, which is popular with teens. Facebook also said it won't automatically move users to the regular Messenger or Facebook when they get old enough, though the company might give them the option to move contacts to Messenger down the line.

Update: While Facebook is now working properly for most of the users, its messenger and chat services are still facing down time. Steyer said in a statement.

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