Jeremy Hunt hits out at Facebook kids' app

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"In addition to our research with thousands of parents, we've engaged with over a dozen expert advisors in the areas of child development, online safety, and children's media and technology who've helped inform our approach to building our first app for kids", Loren Cheng, Product Management Director at Facebook, wrote in a blog post.

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.

On one hand, Messenger Kids allows parents to approve who their children converse with on the app.

Facebook also said the app was in line with child online safety and privacy laws in the US.

Whilst kids can use the social media apps and the messaging apps which are designed for the adults and teenagers, those services aren't built for them, stated Kristelle Lavallee, a children's psychology expert, she suggested the Facebook on designing the service.

"Not sure this is the right direction at all", Hunt tweeted.

The child would not be given their own Facebook account, which is prohibited for those under 13.

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Is Facebook down? Is Facebook Messenger not working? At launch, kids can use it on a iPad or iPhone in order to video chat with a grandparent or message a cousin or send a decorated photo to a friend.

Messenger Kids comes here with a swing and slew of the controls for their parents.

And messages don't disappear and can't be hidden in case parents want to monitor them, Facebook says on its website.

Facebook has recently made the new Messenger Kids app available to the public. As with Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat, children can add filters or playful drawings to the photos they send. "So just because kids are using it, doesn't mean we need to give them more avenues to use it more".

Messenger Kids will only downloadable in the USA and is available on iOS.

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

Facebook on Monday introduced Messenger Kids for under-13 children to video chat and message with family and friends when they can't be together in person. Magid said it may be more realistic to encourage companies to create safer, more limited and legally compliant services as a sort of "training wheels" version of more mainstream social media.

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