Facebook won’t be directly monetizing Messenger Kids, automatically migrating kids to real accounts when they turn 13 or collecting data so that it complies with Children’s Online Privacy Protections Act (COPPA) law.
It found that kids had the right hardware but the wrong software; 93 percent of 6-12-year-olds in the U. have access to tablets or smartphones, while 66 percent have their own device, and three out of every five parents surveyed said their kids under 13 use messaging apps, social media or both.
But these apps weren’t built for children’s privacy, and instead allow adult strangers to contact or follow kids.
Still, a reporting interface written specifically for kids lets them flag anything sketchy to a dedicated support team working 24/7.
One thing that might surprise some people is that there’s no way for parents to secretly spy on what their kids are saying in their chats.
Instead, parents have to ask to look at their kids’ screen, which Chung says is a more common behavior pattern.
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.It’s important to understand that kids under 13 still can’t sign up for a Facebook account.Instead, parents download the Messenger Kids app to a child’s i Phone or i Pad (Android coming soon).“When you think about things at scale that we do to get people to care more about Messenger, this is one that addresses a real need for parents,” say Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus.“But the side effect will be that they use Messenger more and create family groups.” Marcus tells me he’s excited about getting his 8-year-old into the family chat alongside his 14- and 17-year-old children.Once the parent has authenticated it with their own account, they set up a mini-profile with their kid’s name and photo.