Facebook Has Launched A Messaging App For Children Under 13

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One of the requirements to sign up for a Facebook account is that you have to be at least 13 years.

However, with the new app launched by the social media company, this is about to be a thing of the past.

 

Facebook recently rolled out Messenger Kids, an app targeted for kids under the age of 13.

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With Messenger kids, the parents of these kids have complete control over what their children do on the standalone app.

To start with, the kids’ accounts have to be opened by their parent’s account. Thus, they’re able to approve the contacts the children have and see what they send to their friends.

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According to Facebook,

Research showed young children were already using technology on a regular basis – but on apps built for teens and adults, raising concern among parents that their children might be communicating with strangers. At the same time, parents were willing to let their children aged 6 to 12 use social media as long as there was strict parental control.

So far, this app is only available in the United States and only on iOS or Apple operating systems.