Facebook Launches New App Targeted at Children 12 and Under
Facebook launched a new app on Monday targeted at ages 6 to 12 who are too young for the Facebook original platform.
Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg wants his daughter to smell the roses and fill up buckets of leaves - SMELL LIFE!!! Mark realizes kids will have a busy life and wants both of his kids to enjoy being a kid. That's still odd to me considering he wants YOUR kids to start at age 6?!?! What's this mean?
Facebook Messenger for kids can't be downloaded as an app on a computer. You can only use the app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. So, how do you sign-in? How can a parent really monitor?
I'll turn to my social media guru, Lizzie, for details:
This new app is targeted for kids ages 6 to 12 years old to introduce them to the popular social media platform, Facebook. This new social site allows kids that are too young to access a full Facebook account to communicate with friends and family that have been approved by parents. With this limited access messenger app, kids will be introduced to the largely popular Facebook app without being exposed to the potentially harmful material that they could come across in the general app.
However, some people are saying that Facebook is using this new app as a marketing scheme to target a new, younger generation. By hooking giving these kids a little taste of everything that Facebook has to offer to them they will be instantly hooked! This ensures Facebook that as time goes on they will continue to grow their user base in the years to come.
What's the verdict? Are you willing to let your little one turn to instant messaging or is this too soon? Here's what people on Facebook are saying.
I also posted up the question with some pretty lengthy responses.
We'll see what people think but I'm just not sure about giving them something like this yet. My son is almost 3 and just can't see him going there yet. I will say that letting your kids use devices isn't a bad thing. This is the future and with the correct parental controls, it's important your kids understand technology. I fear it's going so fast!