Facebook for kids: welcome to messenger for six-year-olds

Facebook for kids: welcome to messenger for six-year-olds

Even so, child heath experts like Dunaway remain skeptical. In 2011, for example, an operator of virtual worlds that had been acquired by the Walt Disney Co. agreed to pay US$3 million (RM12 million) to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally collected and disclosed personal information from children younger than 13 without parental consent.

To know more about children's needs, and the risks they face online, Facebook collaborated with various agencies and institutions such as the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Center on Media and Child Health, Connect Safely, and the Sesame Workshop.

Whilst kids can use the social media apps and the messaging apps which are designed for the adults and teenagers, those services aren't built for them, stated Kristelle Lavallee, a children's psychology expert, she suggested the Facebook on designing the service. The app is compliant with COPPA, it added.

You won't need an official Facebook account to use the app but a profile will have to set up by a parent or guardian using their own account. Davis said that if a parent decides to delete a child's account, Facebook will also delete any data from its own servers. In response to that, Facebook (fb) wrote: "On Thursday November 30 just after midnight Pacific time we became aware that a few people were having issues with their Messenger accounts". Every additional friend request requires approval by the parent. But on Monday, the tech firm said it was rolling out a messaging app that will let children under that age send texts, photos and videos, and add stickers, frames and filters to their images. Facebook's safeguards have made it more hard for strangers to contact a child, they said.

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Loren Cheng, product director for Messenger Kids, said Facebook would not use for marketing purposes the details it collected from children.

"Why should parents simply trust that Facebook is acting in the best interest of kids?" said James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, a San Francisco nonprofit that promotes online safety for children, in a statement.

When it comes to ads, Facebook said it will also not use data from Messenger Kids for Facebook ads. Others cautioned that the app raised concerns about children's privacy.

The new program will also give Facebook the chance to enter into a consumer age range now occupied by a small number of apps such as Snapchat.

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