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New Facebook App for Kids

New app may put primary school children at risk

Research carried out by Barnardo’s has highlighted concerns about Facebook’s new Messenger Kids app which is due to be launched soon in the UK.

It will allow children as young as six to communicate either in groups or one-to-one, using text messages, video calls and photos, which has raised concerns that children could be at risk from grooming, sexting and online bullying.

The charity commissioned a YouGov survey of 997 parents, asking for their views about the app. Ninety per cent of parents said that they were concerned about their children using the new app. 61 per cent said they were worried that strangers would be able to pose as their children’s friends on the app.

Source: Barnardo’s  Date: 27 February 2018