Social media isn't simply a way of life for kids -- it's life itself. Believe it or not, Facebook and Twitter aren't the younger chat cool social-networking sites out there. If you have younger kids who are eager to get in on the messaging app craze, some excellent programs are deed for users under
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For the first time, Facebook is opening up to children under age 13 with a privacy-focused app deed to neutralize child predator threats that plague youth-focused competitors like Snapchat.
Rolling out today on iOS in the U. Special proactive detection younger chat filters prevent children from sharing nudity, sexual content or violence, while a dedicated support team will respond quickly to reported or flagged content. Facebook even manually sifted Giphy to build a kid-friendly version of the GIF-sharing engine. And with childish augmented reality masks and stickers, video calls with grandma could be a lot more fun and a lot less silent or awkward.
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 younger chat godparents. From there, kids can dive instantly into a video chat or text thread with their contacts. Kids can block and unblock their parent-approved contacts.
Facebook hired a special team to develop kid-friendly creative tools, from fidget spinner and dinosaur AR masks to crayon-style stickers. The exception is that if kids report a piece of objectionable content, their parents will be notified but still not shown the content in their own app.
While Facebook said in the briefing that younger chat app was deed for kids age 6 to 12, younger kids are allowed on, too. Before Facebook wrote any code or drew any des for the app, it says it started research 18 months ago to find out what kids and parents wanted out of a potential product.
It also worked with the National Parent Teacher Association for safety insights and Blue Star Families from the military who have to stay in touch during long deployments.
It found that kids had the right hardware but the wrong software; 93 percent of year-olds in the U. But at least parents have grown to understand Facebook. On Snapchat, where ephemerality can cover evidence of inappropriate contact, or Musical. Facebook built a whole portal at MessengerKids.
Facebook is trying to cross every T and dot every I when it comes to safety with this new product. It would be reckless to invite kids onto a chat app otherwise.
The launch could be a that Facebook is growing up. With Facebook almost 14 years old itself, children not yet born when it launched are now allowed on its main app.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg just had two. Move slow and research things Before Facebook wrote any code or drew any des for the app, it says it started research 18 months ago to find out what kids and parents wanted out of a potential product.