Facebook builds a messenger specially for children

Resham Gupta
Last Updated: Dec 05 2017 14:08

TECHNOLOGY- To cater to the young population, Facebook has unveiled a new messenger app which has been designed specifically for children aged 13 and below.

As per Facebook policies, only children aged 13 or above can have an account.

The new messenger app gives parents control over when their children can use the app or not. The children will need parental approval before using the app.

Parents are increasingly allowing their children to use tablets and smartphones, but often have questions and concerns about how their kids use them and which apps are appropriate," said Loren Cheng, product manager for Messenger Kids.

"So when we heard about the need for better apps directly from parents during research and conversations with parents, we knew we needed to develop it alongside the people who were going to use it, as well as experts who could help guide our thinking."