Facebook introduces Messenger Kids app with parental controls

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Children using Facebook Kids will also be able to access "a library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools lets them decorate content and express their personalities", the company said.

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

Facebook Kids is designed for under-13s who are now not allowed to use the Facebook social network. " said Loren Cheng, Product Management Director, Facebook". Whether it's using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she's working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families.

This is the first time Facebook has developed an app specifically for kids. The app was 18 months in development, Svensson said.

This includes Facebook's messaging via browser and the Messenger App.

Kids will not show up in Facebook search results, so if a kid wants to chat with a friend, the parent will have to work with the friend's parent to get them both approved.

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Although, Facebook hasn't made any official statements yet regarding why Facebook messenger has gone down.

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

Is Messenger Kids simply a way for Facebook to rope in the young ones?

Federal law prohibits internet companies from collecting personal information on kids under 13 without their parents' permission and imposes restrictions on advertising to them.

He said Facebook is trying to deal with the situation pragmatically by steering young Facebook users to a service designed for them. "We encourage Facebook to clarify their policies from the start so that it is perfectly clear what parents are signing up for".

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