Facebook launches new online security feature for Messenger Kids

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Meta-owned Facebook has announced that it will launch Pledge Planets on Messenger Kids – an activity to help kids learn how to use the Internet safely and practice making healthy online decisions.

The company said it developed the Messenger Kids Pledge and Pledge Planets activities in close partnership with experts in online security, child development, and children’s media.

“Today we’re launching Pledge Planets on Messenger Kids. This interactive in-app activity helps kids learn and practice how to make healthy online decisions, stay safe and build resilience,” Eric Michael Weitzman, Director of Product Management, said in a statement.

“Kids can explore different planets based on the principles of the Messenger Kids pledge: Be Kind, Be Respectful, Safe and Have Fun,” and in each episode, children help the characters navigate different social situations and make decisions that lead to positive outcomes.

And by completing the games, kids will see that their actions that are respectful, safe, and fun have a huge impact on those around them. Episode 1, “Be Kind,” will be rolling out in all countries where Messenger Kids is available, with new episodes focused on other undertakings soon. In this episode, players get to know the owner of a sandwich shop.

“We developed the Messenger Kids Pledge and Pledge Planets activities in close partnership with Meta Youth Advisors,” Whitsman added, “This group of experts in the areas of online safety, child development, and children’s media helps us develop new products, features, and policies.” Youth by sharing their experiences, research and guidance.



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