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Facebook brings Messenger Kids to Fire tablets

Facebook brings Messenger Kids to Fire tablets
From TechCrunch - January 10, 2018

Messenger Kids, Facebooks new app designed to allow those under the age of 13 to more safely communicate thanks to parental controls, is today launching on Fire tablets. The service had originally debuted on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in early December, but todays launch will also see it arrive on the Amazon Appstore in the U.S., as well.

The apps debut has not been without controversy.

The move comes at a difficult time for Facebook and for social media in general, where there are increasing concerns about social medias ability to addict adults, and the impact that screen time has on children in particular.

Just this week, for example, Apple responded to investor concerns that the company needs to do more in terms of giving parents a way to limit childrens phone use. Apple said it would add new parental control features to its software.

Facebook, meanwhile, has been criticized across a number of fronts over the past year or so, from its ability to spread disinformation and create divides to how its able to hijack users brainsto create an addiction of sorts. In that light, the launch of Messenger Kids has been criticized as the equivalent of cigarette marketers targeting underage smokers.

That said, as a parent myself, its one of those things thats not as simple to dismiss as you might think.

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