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Finally, Facebook stated that it is serious in aiding parents to monitor their children's use of the company messaging apps.

If a parent deletes a Messenger Kids account, Facebook will also erase the data they collect, but the company notes that messages and content sent to users before the deletion may remain visible.

Messenger Kids will also be exclusive to the US for now, and Facebook also claims that the app will be fully compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act or COPPA, the federal law that shields children from online abuse and exploitation.

Messenger Kids comes here with a swing and slew of the controls for their parents.

"So when we heard about the need for better apps directly from parents during research and conversations with parents, we knew we needed to develop it alongside with the people who were going to use it, as well as experts who could help guide our thinking".

But, only a handful of messaging and social apps - like Kudos, a photo-sharing app - are designed for younger children to use with parental permission and supervision.

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The father of three told this news organization in Facebook Messenger he will not be getting Messenger Kids for his six-year-old.

Responding to news about the social media giant launching Messenger Kids - an app that requires parental approval before use - Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted that he was not sure it was the "right direction at all".

What makes this app different from the normal messenger app. The app requires an adult with a Facebook account to set up the app for his child. As with Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat, children can add filters or playful drawings to the photos they send.

Messenger Kids may seem to be another unnecessary app as children do have means to contact friends and family, but as Facebook's Public Policy Director Antigone Davis puts it, "Children today are online earlier and earlier". According to a release, Facebook plans to release the app on other platforms such as the Amazon App Store, and the Google Play Store. A recent study from Common Sense Media found that parents are more skeptical of the benefits of social media for their children then they are of smartphones or even wearable devices. "They want a level of control over their kids' digital world that is similar to the level they have in the real world".

This is why Facebook as well many other social media companies forbid and prohibited the younger kids from joining.