Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Facebook launched a kid-friendly version of its Messenger app last year called Messenger Kids. It lets parents set up an account for their kids which they can then use for one-on-one or group chats with contacts that have been approved by parents. The controversial app was initially available for iOS only and it has now been released for Android. Messenger Kids is meant for children aged six to 12 so that they can safely communicate with family members and friends. Features include video and GIF tools, drawing tools, stickers, video chat, and more.Facebook doesn’t require kids to use their real name for an account on the app, there are no in-app purchases and kids won’t see any ads. Nevertheless, child health advocates feel that the app should be shut down. Over 100 child development experts, educators, health advocates, and parents called on Facebook to pull the app because they feel it’s “harmful to children and teens,” and that it may “undermine children’s health

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids despite criticism from child experts. The company launched Messenger Kids Wednesday on Android; the app landed on Amazon devices in ...

Fri 16 Feb 18 from Phys.org

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism, Fri 16 Feb 18 from AP

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism, Fri 16 Feb 18 from AP

Facebook Forges Ahead With Kids App Despite Expert Criticism, Fri 16 Feb 18 from Voice of America

Facebook forges ahead with Messenger Kids app

Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers. ...

Fri 16 Feb 18 from Daily Mail

Facebook isn't backing off Messenger for kids, despite critics

A recent report on payments to experts that support the controversial app has renewed concern.        

Fri 16 Feb 18 from USA today

Facebook’s controversial Messenger Kids app arrives on Android

Facebook's Messenger app for kids launched in December, though only for iOS, and last month, Facebook made it available for Amazon Fire tablets. Now, TechCrunch reports, and Facebook ...

Wed 14 Feb 18 from Engadget

Facebook’s controversial Messenger Kids app is coming to Android today

Facebook is bringing its Messenger Kids chat app to Android today after first rolling it out on iOS in December. Messenger Kids is designed for younger children (ages six to 12) as ...

Wed 14 Feb 18 from The Verge

Facebook Messenger Kids For Android Released Today

Facebook launched a kid-friendly version of its Messenger app last year called Messenger Kids. It lets parents set up an account for their kids which they can then use for one-on-one or group ...

Wed 14 Feb 18 from Ubergizmo

Facebook’s kid texting app Messenger Kids arrives on Android

 Facebook’s controversial app Messenger Kids, which lets parents control who kids can talk to, is today rolling out to Android devices in the U.S. with its launch on Google Play. ...

Wed 14 Feb 18 from TechCrunch

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