Social Media plays a significant role in modern interaction, so our kids should know the working of social media platforms, how their personal data is used, and threats of online interactions. However, many still have the reservation about the child-friendly variant of Messenger which is for the age of below 13 users.

This week Facebook will launch new updates that allow parents to check their child’s app more briefly and control their data.  There is a need for strict controls for sure.

Parents will be able to check their child activities by simply going into ‘Parent Dashboard”, which Facebook will be adding in the new update. By this, they can also know the time spent by their child on the app and with whom they are interacting.

New Controls And Data Transparency Tools Have Been Added In Messenger Kids By Facebook
New Controls And Data Transparency Tools Have Been Added In Messenger Kids By Facebook
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The features of the Parent Dashboard are:

Recent Contacts and Chat History

With this, parents can check the frequency of conversation done in the past 30 days, this will enable parents to check with whom their child is chatting, and is it a video chat or messages.

Log of Images in Chat

Inappropriate videos or images can be removed from the messaging thread as now parents will be able to check the video and images received or sent by their child.

Reported and Blocked Contact History

List of blocked and reported actions in the child app can be seen.

Remote Device Logout

The parents will be able to log out the Messenger kids from any device their child is logged into, they can also check in how many devices the app is logged in.

As Messenger Kids is not used for the purposes of the ads, it has the track of all the data like contacts, messages, images, and videos that are sent and received. Parents can download this information from the dashboard tool but the notification will be sent to the child when parents will try to download the information.

New Controls And Data Transparency Tools Have Been Added In Messenger Kids By Facebook
New Controls And Data Transparency Tools Have Been Added In Messenger Kids By Facebook
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New Listing Feature

The listing will also be added by Facebook for kids to better know about their tracked data and data being used.

New Controls And Data Transparency Tools Have Been Added In Messenger Kids By Facebook
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Facebook is taking a step for a better future if the young kids, as the update, will help them learn the business model of social media and they will get the basic knowledge of algorithms and data matching in the social app that are in adult versions. This is just a step-by-step view giving them a transparent view of social app.

Facebook said:

New Controls And Data Transparency Tools Have Been Added In Messenger Kids By Facebook
New Controls And Data Transparency Tools Have Been Added In Messenger Kids By Facebook
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There is a need to spread awareness to improve digital literacy training, as social platforms are too famous, the young generation should have the knowledge on the full system of social network works. Therefore, it can’t be estimated that Messenger Kids is good or bad for young kids.

The tool is available for free to download, despite its privacy concerns, many people have already downloaded. It looks the product will make a permanent place on Facebook products offering.

Early Digital Literacy Training under the control of parents will surely be beneficial for young kids as use of these apps will end one day.

 

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