India gets Facebook messaging and video chat service, Messenger Kids
Facebook introduced its child-focused video chat service, Messenger Kids, in India as children increasingly stay at home during times of social distancing. This feature gives parents more control over their kids and friends.
Facebook Messenger Kids launched in the United States in 2017 and expanded to Canada and Peru in 2018.
Previously, it was up to parents to invite and approve each contact for their child. Now, with the “Supervised Friendship” feature, parents can choose to allow their children to accept, reject, add or delete contacts, while retaining the option to override any new contact approvals from the parent dashboard, ”Facebook said in a statement Wednesday night.
“Supervised Friending” has started to be rolled out in the United States and will gradually reach the rest of the world.
“When a child takes a friendly action, parents will be notified via Messenger and can ignore any new connections made by going to the parent dashboard, where they can also see a log of recent activity,” said Antigone Davis, manager global. security at Facebook.
Messenger Kids has been rolled out to 70 new countries around the world, including India. Just as parents allow a teacher or coach to help their child navigate class or team friendships, another new feature gives parents the choice to endorse a similar adult to help connect their child with others. children via a group in Messenger Kids.
“These approved adults can only connect children whose parents have also granted that adult the same approval,” Davis said.
Parents will be notified when new contacts are added for their child and can manage the list of approved contacts and adults through the parent dashboard.
Once connected through a group, children will also be able to chat with each other individually. Children can also leave the groups they are added to at any time.
“Parents in the United States, Canada, and Latin America can now choose to make their child’s name and profile picture visible to friends of their child’s contacts and parents, children of parents’ Facebook friends, and children of people their parents invite to download Messenger Kids. app, ”Davis informed.
This feature will be rolled out to the rest of the world in the coming weeks.
Parents can monitor their child’s activity in the app through the Parent Dashboard, where they can also download their child’s information at any time.
“This is a powerful opportunity and a great learning time for parents to have a conversation with their children about the ability to choose friends throughout life, both face to face and online. Said Dr. Lewis Bernstein, a member of the Facebook Youth Advisors and former executive vice president of education and research at Sesame Workshop.
* Edited from an IANS report