Facebook Messenger Kids seem very sterile and secure, says Kaspersky Labs

Facebook Messenger Kids seem very sterile and secure, says Kaspersky Labs

"Why should parents simply trust that Facebook is acting in the best interest of kids?" said James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, a San Francisco nonprofit that promotes online safety for children, in a statement. "Messenger Kids is also created to be compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA)".

Messenger Kids will also be exclusive to the US for now, and Facebook also claims that the app will be fully compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act or COPPA, the federal law that shields children from online abuse and exploitation. With Messenger Kids, she said, Facebook has thought through what's appropriate for kids.

Facebook Messenger kids launched is the free app which is aimed at kids under 13, who can't yet have their own accounts under Facebook's rules, though they can use this app to use the facebook account.

"It's hard for them to grasp concepts like privacy, who is using their data, or insight into how they might be manipulated through persuasive design - and they are really just starting to build awareness about their identity, role in relationships, and morality", she said in an e-mail.

"Regular" Facebook still has an official use restriction for kids under the age of 13.

The app, which launches Monday in the United States, gives the company access to a new market whose age prohibits them from using the firm's main social network.

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"My advice: Until you see Zuckerberg's kids using it, stay away", McLane wrote in a public Facebook post.

Despite Kaspersky Labs vouching on how secure the app is, the cybersecurity company still warns parents of Messenger Kids, particularly on text filtering and cyberbullying. The app requires an adult with a Facebook account to set up the app for his child.

Facebook requires that children use their first and last name and a picture of themselves for the app. According to a release, Facebook plans to release the app on other platforms such as the Amazon App Store, and the Google Play Store.

Until this year, even big tech companies had been loath to set up children's sites with a parental consent system lest they violate the law.

The new application aims to provide kids with a safe way to video call or message friends and loved ones whenever and wherever they want.

Of course, social networks are also a great way to check if other people are experiencing the same problem as you.

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