Jeremy Hunt Tells Facebook To 'Stay Away From My Kids'

Jeremy Hunt Tells Facebook To 'Stay Away From My Kids'

Jeremy Hunt Tells Facebook To 'Stay Away From My Kids'

They are allowed to monitor everything that happens along the way, and, as Messenger Kids' accounts won't be searchable, parents can be the ones sending and responding to any and all friend requests. Though this new app for now is only available in the US, Facebook says, but has upcoming plans to extend it in the field of iOS and Google Play Store within next few months.

The move seems created to lure kids to the app before they try Facebook rival Snapchat, which is popular with teens.

The versions for Android and Amazon's tablets are all set to come out eventually.

Jenny Radesky, a paediatrics professor at the University of MI, told the Wall Street Journal: "In my research, clinical work and friendships, I've never heard parents say that they want their child using social media earlier".

Facebook wants your kids on Messenger, too. The spokesperson said that Facebook will continue to update the enforcement of its policies depending on the types of content that Messenger Kids users report.

Katharine Hill, UK Director of Christian charity Care for the Family told Premier that while she welcomed Facebook addressing the issue of children using its app, there were issues the social media giant still needs to consider.

If it can capture the attention of 6 to 12-year-olds before Snapchat (or some other competitor) can, then chances are those same kids will naturally progress into using Facebook as teenagers and young adults. 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.

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Facebook's latest app is exclusively for kids. Stephen Balkam, CEO of the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute, said "that train has left the station".

Parents are often anxious about what their kids do on social media and whom they are talking to, especially Facebook.

This is why Facebook as well many other social media companies forbid and prohibited the younger kids from joining. Like we already said, kids can also make video calls from this app, and, they can also send photos and videos to the people they are chatting with. The parent account won't notified about the attempt though, nor will they get a message stating the child has unblocked someone.

The app offers a simplified version of the standard Messenger, requiring explicit parental approval and excluding some features.

Among them: Will it always remain ad-free, as well will the parents get ads based on the service?

Kids said they want to use the platforms to have fun and connect with family. Steyer said in a statement.

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