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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.
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.
Once the parent has authenticated it with their own account, they set up a mini-profile with their kid’s name and photo.
Then, using the Messenger Kids bookmark in the main Facebook app, parents can approve anyone who is friends with them as a contact for their kid, like aunts and uncles or godparents.
Instead, parents download the Messenger Kids app to a child’s i Phone or i Pad (Android coming soon).
Before Facebook wrote any code or drew any designs for the app, it says it started research 18 months ago to find out what kids and parents wanted out of a potential product.
It also worked with the National Parent Teacher Association for safety insights and Blue Star Families from the military who have to stay in touch during long deployments.
“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.