Facebook for the Kids – Safer Messaging and Video Chat

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Today’s kids are facing many critical issues which are harmful to their overall growth.  Many socio-economic changes today, has created numerous challenges to growing children. Especially when they needed to be protected and feel secure, daily face the situations of which is harmful at a tender age.

Today the ratio of single parents are growing and the struggle of the single parents affect the kids deeply.  Social media playing havoc with the young generation and they are exposed to unwanted things at a very early age, as a result, they grow up too early.  these kids are losing their childhood.

these overexposure to social media also leads to criminal and violent behavior in the youth.

At the same time, news feeds are full of criminal, violent and unhealthy happenings in the world.  Violent acts of school shoots, create an atmosphere of fear in their mind which can have a deep impact on their mind.

No one can deny the impact of movies on young people and in most cases, smoking and drinking have shown as a heroic act, which subtly impacts the mind of today’s youth and becomes addictive to these things.

Shockingly, the schools, and colleges turning into the centers of anti-social activities.  People with wasted interests tap these young innocent kids and indulge them criminal activities.

Today’s educational system is also not helping them much.  Instead of memorizing eyerything it is important that we should give them knowledge-based training.  If the training is not going to help them to make their future better, it is just a waste of money and time.

The education system today only creating a generation of young kids who only have theoretical knowledge and does not develop basic skills like communication.  Kids and young people’s only aim is to get maximum percentage so that they can have a good job and secure d future with 9 to 5 jobs.

Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba has interesting thoughts on the education system.

I told my son: you don’t need to be in the top three in your class, being in the middle is fine, so long as your grades aren’t too bad. Only this kind of person [a middle-of-the-road student] has enough free time to learn other skills.

This quote is especially important if we take into account China’s or that matter any of the country’s educational system.

leaders of tomorrow

Anyone who wants to go into a good college needs to study hard and score high on the Gaokao exam.  Any outside activity is a waste of time and irrelevant in terms of college admission.  So obviously, youthfully focus on getting good marks and pay no attention to sports, communication and other skills which are important for an all-round personality.

Jack Ma’s opinion about the education system obviously going to be different than the conventional one, as he has risen above all the negativities and adversities.  He applied ten times to Harvard Business School (HBS) and got rejected, and still today he is one of China’s richest men, with a net worth of $35.6 billion, as well as one of the wealthiest people in the world and also was ranked 21st in Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful People.

Watch a short video of Jack Ma and his thoughts on Education

Jack is really addressing today’s problem, that education has become knowledge-driven, it should be creativity-driven.

It is the faulty education system, all over the world, which is creating robots, who have nothing to do with creativity, who has trained just to complete their syllabus with highest possible percentage to get admission in good college or good industries for a job.

In India, the pressure and stress on the young students are so high, that even after getting 95% and above, they are not able to get admission in their preferred college.  One can imagine the frustration of these young people.

A Great Support Group for Young Children

Fred Jones, one of my friend, has a great support group for Young Children.   Fred through his website OurFutureLeaders.ca, 

assist young people to gain the skills to become communicators and leaders.  for over a decade, Fred is working with youths and help them prepare for the future.

Watch How Fred Can Help Your Child

Fred helps them with:

Discuss how to help them to gain critical skills.
Enable them to be successful in the rapidly changing world.
As they enter adulthood they will need these critical ‘soft’ skills to survive.
You can have an extremely positive impact on them through group sessions.
You can enable them to gain communication and leadership skills.
The key is the self-confidence that they gain from working as a group.

fortunately, parents have now understood that it is important to give them the freedom to explore their passions and hobbies.

Today you will find many parents are alert about their kids and their activities and help them to get accustomed to the technology.

Kids are more comfortable with new techniques and devices and the use of social media, which again become a cause of worry to parents.

It is also important to keep children safe from overuse of Internet technology.

One app that can greatly help to parents is Facebook Messenger for kids.

(Available only in the US, Canada, Mexico, Peru, and Thailand.)

What is Messenger for Kids?

kids palying with colours

Messenger for kids is a free video calling and messaging app designed for kids to get connected with close friends and family.

Messenger for kids creates a more controlled environment as kids can only connect with people whom their parents approve.

Messenger for kids helps kids to become creative, with its interactive masks, reactions communicating and sound effects., which makes one on one and group interactions more fun.

Parents have full control over Messenger for Kids as messages don’t disappear and can’t be hidden in case parents want to check-in.

How Messenger for Kids Works?

Parents initiate all the contacts on behalf of the kid from the Messenger kids parental control within Facebook.

In order to chat two children, it is important to have the permission of both their parents and approve the connection.

The best part of Messenger for Kids is that it has full parental control unlike other places on the web.  Unless the parents approve a new contact, one can not contact your kid.

Messenger Kids is available on the IOS app store for iPad, ipad touch and i phone in the Amazon App Store for Fire Tablets and on Google Play for all other Android devices.

Final Thoughts:

Our Young Generation, and how to connect with them effectively to keep them on the right track is one of the major issues nowadays.

To provide them a secure environment is the responsibility of not only parents but of the entire society.

Today’s kids and young children constantly get exposed to the Internet, which can mislead them if not keep watch on them.

the Internet is the huge source of information but it’s important to keep them away from harmful sites.  Thankfully we have the technologies like parental control to have a check on all internet activities.

It is one of the major tasks today to constantly guide them in the right direction and the group like Our future Leaders come into the picture.

There are many useful resources which can be helpful to parents as well as to the child also.  Fred has over a decade’s experience and doing a great job.

Sometimes for various reasons, parents not able to give enough time to their children, but it’s the most delicate time in a child’s life when he needs constant attention and love.  Support groups can help them a lot, where they can involve in many creative activities, grow their communication skills and speak up their mind and thus lead them to become future leaders of tomorrow.

For kids, Facebook Messenger is an option, which gives good opportunity to become creative and be in contact with their friends, parents and grandparents.

Though Facebook has taken appropriate measures to have full parental control over the messenger App for Kids, it is always better to double-check your kid’s activities.  At the end of the day, it’s just a technology, which can be misused by anti-social forces.

Facebook Messenger for Kids is available only in selected countries so far, hopefully Facebook will add extra level of protection while introducing to other countries.

kid’s security is a topic which is closed to the heart of all and we all are concern about the safety and security of our kids.

There are many apps which can help you to keep an eye on your kid, wherever they go with the help of the Internet.

Hey Friends,

which measures would you suggest to keep our kids safe?  What are your thoughts on the young generation which is under the constant pressure of getting good percentage in the exams to get admission in their desired college?

I would like to suggest Yoga and Meditation from the school level so that they can handle stressful situations very well.

Sports activities also help greatly to keep a person fit on all level, physical, mental and spiritual.

Let me know your thoughts and queries in the comments below and I will be more than happy to guide you in the right direction.

2 thoughts on “Facebook for the Kids – Safer Messaging and Video Chat”

    • Dear Lowellann,
      So glad to see you and thanks for taking the time to have a look at my latest article. I think Fred is doing a great job, and it’s a small way of saying Thank You to Fred, on behalf of whole of the society:)
      There are very few communities and people like Fred, who are really concerned about today’s youth and trying really hard to guide them in the right direction.
      Regards

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