Jaigris Hodson, Royal Roads Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program head, spoke with CBC about concerns after Facebook launched Messenger Kids this week. The app, targeted at kids under 13 years old, allows them to send text, videos, photos and doodles.
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“I think most people, adults included don't think about surveillance, data collection, propaganda or the filter bubble. So how can someone below the age of 13 be able to make sense of these things?" Hodson said.
"Your child doesn't need Facebook, they need digital literacy so that when they're old enough they can process the information available and decide whether they really want this in their lives."