UBC psychologist alarmed by Facebook's new Messenger Kids app
Facebook's new Messenger Kids app is receiving heavy criticism from experts for being potentially harmful to young children. The messaging platform, aimed at children aged four to 12, launched in December. Facebook and Facebook Messenger require users to be 13 or older to sign up. Jennifer Shapka, a developmental psychologist at the University of British Columbia, says she is worried about the effect the new app is having on kids' physical and emotional health.