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Facebook chat app for younger children
Topic Started: Dec 5 2017, 06:46 PM (50 Views)
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How young is too young to be on social media?

Strictly speaking, only those aged 13 and over are allowed to use Facebook. But the prevention methods are trivial, meaning more than 20 million under-13-year-olds are thought to be using the network.

So on Monday, Facebook launched its first app tailored for young users. It's a ringfenced network that needs parental approval before use, and will not - the company has promised - be used to feed data for advertising.

Messenger Kids is a simplified, locked-down version of the messaging app Facebook today offers those over 13.

If two children want to be friends on Messenger Kids, that friendship has to be approved by a parent for each child. Once confirmed to be safe, friends can do live video chat and send pictures and text to each other.

Okay, I can sort of see why Facebook are doing this. They prohibit under-13s from signing up; however, they've resigned themselves to the fact that they can't stop these people from lying about their age, and they feel like it's irresponsible of them to do nothing to help keep these people safe.

However, I don't expect this to be very effective. After all, if they can't force under-13s to stay off Facebook, then they won't be able to force them to use this either. Also, there are numerous social networks geared towards younger children - so, if a child is on Facebook, it's probably because they don't want to be on one of those. It's hard to imagine them wanting to adopt a feature that makes Facebook more like the kids' networks that they're avoiding!

So, will this work?
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From a personal point of view, children shouldn't be dabbling with social media, let alone technology itself. I'm not so sure about this myself.
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I can just only imagine the pedophiles lined up to get to children.
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Well, it's difficult to see how pedophiles would take advantage of this, since any friendships need to be approved by parents at both ends.

However, over 100 child health experts have urged Facebook to scrap this:
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Lady Queen

Yea, kids don't need to be on social media anyway. They have a lot of crap to put up with besides getting themselves 'out there' is my feeling.
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Tremendously Puzzling

Really no need for kids to be exposed to social media. It's damaging enough for us older folk...
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1. Money before morals is Facebook's mantra.
2. Facebook has seen that their site has become uncool with early teens in place of things like SnapChat, so they're trying to snap 'em up and get them hooked while they're young and impressionable. When I asked a 14 year-old family member about FB last year, she scoffed at me and said 'Yeah, that's for old people. No one uses Facebook.'
3. This is disgustingly perverse. It's bad enough Facebook is destroying adult society to data mine and make Cuckerberg rich, but now they're going to literally abuse and sell children too. Disgusting.

And finally, I don't care what age you are...


We survived as a social creature before 'the social network' data enslavement, and we will after it.
Edited by MegaphoneStallone, Jan 31 2018, 03:26 AM.
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