Messenger Kids is being trialled in the US as a standalone app that does not need a categorical Facebook form – permitting children under the age of 13 to use it.
The app is tranquil by a parent’s Facebook account, from which contacts can be combined and approved.
Facebook says the app has been designed to capacitate children to “safely” video discuss and summary friends and family.
It combined that during 18 months of growth it consulted with 1,200 parents, as good as online confidence and child growth specialists.
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“Parents are increasingly permitting their children to use tablets and smartphones, but mostly have questions and concerns about how their kids use them and which apps are appropriate,” Facebook executive Loren Cheng said.
“So when we listened about the need for better apps directly from relatives during investigate and conversations with parents, we knew we indispensable to rise it alongside with the people who were going to use it, as good as experts who could help beam the thinking.”
The social network says Messenger Kids complies with US child online remoteness laws and contains no adverts.
It is now only accessible in the US on Apple’s iOS handling system.
The NSPCC pronounced the app was “a step in the right direction” but urged Facebook to deliberate with parents.
A orator said: “If this app is launched in the UK, it’s critical that relatives are given unsentimental recommendation about how to set these accounts up and which contacts to approve to safeguard their children are as protected as probable when using the app.
“We’d also inspire relatives to have unchanging conversations with their children about what information is protected to share online and what to do if they see anything upsetting.
“Any primogenitor who wants recommendation on gripping children protected online can hit the NSPCC and O2 helpline on 0808 800 5002.”