Facebook's 'Messenger Kids' Heads To Canada, Peru 06/22/2018

Joanna Estrada
June 25, 2018

Expansion of social networking sites has its own pros and cons. Parents wanted their children to have an app comparatively safer and useful at the same time.

It has announced a number of new features for the app.

Facebook launched the kids app in the United States a year ago where dozens of organizations, doctors, academics and others called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discontinue the app. It's an interactive guide within the Messenger Kids app that will help kids learn to express appreciation for friends and family. The pledge is a list of guiding principles that encourages responsible use of Messenger Kids. It also does not have any advertisement and protects children's online privacy, according to Facebook.

The app will now be available in French and Spanish versions. 20 organizations including CCFC, ACLU, and others, rallied together and submitted a letter to the social media company calling them irresponsible and requested the app to be taken down.

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Facebook's Messenger Kids came to Android early this year.

After rolling out in the US last year, Messenger Kids is now in Canada, and it's designed for kids to connect with family and friends and to give parents more control to approve contacts and set time limits through the app's "sleep mode".

Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lives on kids' tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent's Facebook account was built as a fun and safer solution, both for kids and parents as well. Messenger Kids will also include activities under the moniker "Appreciation" which allows children to take up activities like sending photos and making video calls to show appreciation to their friends and family. Get instant updates on TechNadu's Facebook page, or Twitter handle.

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