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Stay away from my kids, angry Jeremy Hunt tells Facebook

Stay away from my kids, angry Jeremy Hunt tells Facebook

In addition to video chat, kids can send photos, videos or text messages to their parent-approved friends and adult relatives, who will receive the messages via their regular Messenger app.

However the app has already drawn criticism from a large number of concerned parents with many believing the app could become exploited by sick paedophiles who will deliberately create accounts to target vunerable children.

Facebook is promoting the new app for children that will help them to safely communicate with parents and friends.

Facebook Kids is a simplified version of Facebook Messenger which needs parental approval before use, and data gleaned from the app will not be used for advertising purposes, Facebook has promised.

If you're interested in testing it out, Messenger Kids is now available for Apple products in the United States only.

"I think this is the solution because it allows the parents to approve whoever he talks to and to have that kind of control, I think it solves a lot of the issues with safety", one mom said. It will be linked to an adults' Facebook account. "Sometimes after 5 or 10 minutes it's really hard to have a sustained conversation with a 7-year-old", but kids can joke around with Grampa using the selfie filters when they run out of run-on stories to tell them. This app could put pressure on parents to introduce social media earlier to children who may not have developed the emotional resilience to cope with engaging with others online.

Facebook's latest app is exclusively for kids.

The app is completely controlled by the parents.

Authenticate: Then, authenticate your child's device using your own Facebook username and password. To protect minors, Facebook doesn't allow kids under 13 to sign up for a Facebook account. That's a fairly tall order for any service, particularly Facebook, which has sometimes struggled to keep its main house in order.

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.

Facebook has kept the app free from advertisements and in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).

Teen user growth on Facebook's flagship product has stagnated in the past few years as Gen Z'ers increasingly gravitate towards more intimate-feeling messaging platforms (re: Snapchat), rather than public-facing social media.