Facebook Updates Privacy Features on Messenger Kids App
Changes give parents more information about kids' online activities
Facebook has introduced a series of privacy updates for its Messenger Kids smartphone app, which is aimed at pre-teen children. The changes, announced in a blog post, give parents broader and easier access to their children’s online activity.
Parents can now see their children's recent contacts and chat history over the last 30 days as well as logs of images and videos received in chats. The changes will also inform parents if their child has blocked another user or reported an issue to Facebook, including the reason behind that action.
Parents can access the new features through the Parent Dashboard that is included on their Facebook account when they sign their children up for Messenger Kids. By federal law, children under 13 are not allowed to have their own Facebook accounts.
The Parent Dashboard will also now include the ability to see which devices the child is using to access Messenger Kids, along with an option to remotely log the child out on a given device.
In a feature similar to one on Facebook's main platform, parents can also request to download the information the company has collected on a child, including contacts, messages, images, and videos sent and received. “Your child will be notified through the Messenger Kids app when you request this information,” Facebook added on the blog post.