Facebook bringing Canadian children their own Messenger app

According to The Vancouver Sun, Facebook is bringing the adolescent version of its popular Messenger app to children in Canada. The app has proved controversial in the United States since it launched last year, with health experts worrying continued exposure to “digital devices and social media is harmful to young people.”

Messenger Kids is an app which allows kids too young for a Facebook account – which means under thirteen years old – to video call and message with selected contacts. Parents can control the contacts their children access, and messages cannot be hidden or deleted.

As The Vancouver Sun explains, “The app allows them to call or message adults on their Facebook Messenger, so those 13 years or older and with a Facebook account don’t have to download the separate app.”

There has been push in the United States to remove this platform, for the safety of children. The question is how much exposure to social media a thirteen year old or under really requires, and what long-term consequences it can lead to.

Do you think Messenger Kids will receive the same pushback in Canada? Would you let your children use the platform?

Source: vancouversun.com – Facebook launches Messenger Kids app in Canada
Published: June 22, 2018