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These days, kids start to join social media as early as 7 or 8 years old.

Facebook has decided to take advantage of that opportunity and create something that’s just for the children.  On Monday, the social network announced a new version of its Messenger chat app designed for children ages six to 12.

Messenger Kids does not require a Facebook account, plus due to federal law, users under the age of 13 cannot legally sign up for Facebook.

The company said in a statement, “There are no ads in Messenger Kids and your child’s information isn’t used for ads. It is free to download and there are no in-app purchases.” In other words, Facebook is “creating a pipeline for children to become regular users of its products, starting as young as six years old, by claiming to offer an alternative better than what it exists today.”

We’ve seen the effects that social media can have on younger kids throughout the years, but parents appreciate that with Messenger Kids, you can monitor every single thing your child is doing with the parental controls.

Would you let your 6-year-old get his or her own Facebook Messenger app?

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