No sighn up adult chats

In June, The Information reported Facebook was working on an app for teens called Talk, though that’s a bit different than this pre-teen Messenger Kids app.While Facebook said in the briefing that the app was designed for kids age 6 to 12, younger kids are allowed on, too.Facebook hired a special team to develop kid-friendly creative tools, from fidget spinner and dinosaur AR masks to crayon-style stickers.“Video calls become so much more playful with AR,” says Marcus.So if a child wants to be able to chat with one of their classmates, their parent must first friend that kid’s parent, and then will see the option to approve that adult’s child as a contact for their own kid.

Messenger features like location sharing and payments have been stripped out, while the Kids version of Giphy won’t let you search for things like “sex.” Facebook actually manually selected a set of GIFs that kids can use rather than relying on a third-party startup to tag things well enough.Still, a reporting interface written specifically for kids lets them flag anything sketchy to a dedicated support team working 24/7.One thing that might surprise some people is that there’s no way for parents to secretly spy on what their kids are saying in their chats.Before Facebook wrote any code or drew any designs for the app, it says it started research 18 months ago to find out what kids and parents wanted out of a potential product.It also worked with the National Parent Teacher Association for safety insights and Blue Star Families from the military who have to stay in touch during long deployments.

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