Facebook Messenger Kids announced: A safe online environment for your children

After copying everything there is in Snapchat's homework, Facebook is now slowly expanding the overall functionality of its messaging services to better suit the young generation. In particular, a new version of Facebook Messenger has been just announced and it will be a safe space for kids aged 6-12. It will be populated with a trove of kid-friendly GIFs, camera effects, filters, stickers, and frames.

Dubbed Messenger Kids, this stand-alone variation of the popular messaging platform wouldn't require a Facebook account to work properly, since children below the age of 13 are not legally allowed to sign up for the social network (however, many do that regardless). Parents will have full control over their kids' profiles and will be able to manage everything there is about them straight from their regular Messenger profiles.

The app will come with no ads and Facebook says it won't collect any of your children's data and that its newest software product complies to all federal law guidelines when it comes to the online privacy of minors:

For now, at least, it seems that the only aim here is to provide the younger generation with a way of communication, but Facebook has a winning strategy buried shallow below all of that kid-friendly app. Facebook Messenger Kids is nothing but a way to hook-up your children to the ecosystem and have them sign up for the main Facebook and Messenger services once they come of age.

The app will be available only in the US, Facebook says, with a slow rollout on iOS devices right now and coming to an Android device near you in the coming months.

source: TheVerge



1. Spicytree

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 04, 2017

It is a shame that phonearena calls a Facebook-owned messenger a safe environment. Think about how your kids will be spied on in many ways by Facebook. I mean, whatever your point of view is that kids already use messengers when they're young, you should at least protect the privacy of your children. Better recommend secure Messengers like Threema.

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

The messaging app itself is safe for kids with no ads and no data collection. Their Facebook pages how ever, that's another story. It's just luring kids to use facebook messaging, get hooked ,and contunue to use it. All while having to set up a facebook account anyways, collecting all the data they need. Just luring people in, and getting them hooked younger and younger. (Didn't Cigarette companies do this....)

4. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"with no ads and no data collection." The latter is simply impossible with facecrook. That's what they initially claim then they go behind your back and change the policy...

5. Xilam unregistered

Fanboysm aside. Thumb-Up if you stopped using Facebook ages ago.

6. truthbetold

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 16, 2015

It does not collect data, it collects new users. It's just wrapped up in a nice box that helps them bypass the limitations imposed by COPPA and similar regulations. Based on their recent plans and ideas, it seems to me that the higher-ups at Facebook have been binge-watching Black Mirror lately.

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