Introducing Messenger Kids, a New App For Families to Connect | Facebook Newsroom

The new Facebook app has provoked an angry response from the Health Secretary

Then, using the Messenger Kids bookmark in the main Facebook app, parents can approve anyone who is friends with them as a contact for their kid, like aunts and uncles or godparents.

The social network said it had consulted with parents and experts to ensure child safety in using the app, but Mr Hunt has accused the tech giant of failing to act responsibly.

"Facebook told me they would come back with ideas to PREVENT underage use of their product, but instead they are actively targeting younger children", he tweeted.

Facebook says the new app is only available in the USA, with plans to expand its availability beyond iOS to the Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the coming months.

You won't be able to see what your kid is saying or what they're seeing from the management panel, which could be a deal breaker for parents of kids at the lower end of Messenger Kids' age range. It doesn't create an account for my too-young children.

Is Messenger Kids simply a way for Facebook to rope in the young ones? On the other hand, 84% of online adults in the U.S. aged 30-49 used Facebook in 2016, up from 79% in 2015, according to Pew Research Center.

Parents are the ones who create the account, since you can't technically have a Facebook unless you're 13.

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The app may be built for kids to use, but parents are the ones in the driver's seat.

Others want broader transparency on the various privacy issues that arise from the launch of this app. Facebook's blogpost on Monday was carefully crafted to alleviate various anticipated worries, and name-dropping experts and agencies that deal with protection of children is a key part of its marketing strategy here. Messenger Kids is designed as a legal way for kids to participate.

Judging from Facebook's own announcement posts, Messenger Kids is seemingly set up to maintain an appropriate space for young minds looking to dip into the wild world of the web.

Hundreds of users were left clueless when they found their favourite social network messenger/chatting service, Facebook messenger down due to a worldwide outage.

That's important - the obvious commercial benefit to this new app might be to target ads to parents based on what their kids are talking about.

He said: 'Not sure this is the right direction at all. But she said that while Facebook made the app "with the best of intentions", it's not yet known how people will actually use it.

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