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                            MESSENGER KIDS
                            Social media for under 13-year-old kids
                            with raising dilemma

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Messenger Kids Case Study                                             !1
Abstract
This case study will investigate Messenger Kids, a new service Facebook offers
to children. This disruptive technology platform raises concerns and creates
dilemmas for users attributed mainly to a high level of uncertainty. The purpose
of this article is to evaluate Facebook’s Messenger Kids from the parents’
perspective on the dilemmas that new technology and privacy concerns create.
The service is analysed in different aspects including the perceived risks, cost-
benefit comparison and service quality gaps. The customer lifetime value metric
is also utilised to explain how Facebook can make profit with a free app without
ads. This paper then provides recommendations to the company to enhance the
user experience and increase the service perception.

Keywords: service management, service quality, technology services, social media

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Case story
MESSENGER KIDS
Facebook’s new app with raising dilemmas

Jane Johnson stood in the kitchen looking outside the window and reflected on how

technology and the Internet are changing human relationships. The effects on

information transferability, virtual connectivity and digital privacy are both positively

and negatively far-reaching, which made Jane deliberate how to best prepare Jess,

her seven-year-old daughter for these changes.

Messenger Kids by Facebook

It is not exaggerated to say that social media is embedded in our lives. People tweet

their thoughts, post their photos, share their day to day stories and even apply for

jobs through social media apps. However, at what age is it appropriate to join social

media? US Federal law prohibits children under the age of 13 to sign up to any form

of social media[1], however research shows that 93% of six to twelve-year-old in the

U.S. have access to tablets or smartphones and 66% of them have their own

devices. A recent survey indicates that 60% of children use messaging apps, social

media or both. Previous mentioned research shows that kids had the right hardware

but the wrong software.[2] Messenger Kids is notably Facebook's solution to the

problems of modern parents, but the question now is if children under thirteen years

old should be on social media?

         Facebook’s new service targeting children between six and twelve years old

launched in December 2017 exclusively to the American market, but it is expected to

expand to different countries in the near future. It is a free app with no advertisements

or in-app purchase. This video calling and messaging app allows kid users to

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connect with parent-approved contacts, which creates a more controlled

environment.[3] The kid-friendly environment not only complies with the Children’s

Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) but also offers lots of fun with interactive

masks, reactions and sound effects.

The Johnson’s

Facebook Messenger Kids, hence, could be an ideal solution for kid's digital literacy

in this hyper-connected world.[4] People live in a fast-dynamic world, and the

Johnson's has family members living all over the world. Both parents work and

sometimes need to travel or spend long hours at the office. Messenger Kids is a

service that facilitates long-distance relatives, friends and parents to have a

conversation with the children… but at what cost? There are concerns with privacy,

screen addiction, social skills development, psychological health, among many

others. Some critics also question the intention of Facebook, claiming that this free

service is used to lure children into harmful social media. They believe that the

company tries to seize the opportunity for expansion, even though it is at the

expense of kids’ well-being[5]. The Johnson’s as many families in the US have been

raised the dilemma as to what is the cost they need to sacrifice for their kid to use

this service?

         One day Jess asked Jane if she could get an app called “Messenger Kids”

on her iPad. “All my classmates are using it.” “Really?” “Well, I mean, most of them.

They use it to do group assignments, and chat with friends after class. And you know

Kelly, right? My best friend. She uses the app to keep in touch with her

grandparents.” “Well, what did your dad say?” “He said no… but, please, it’s really a

great app. Please, mom!” “Let me think about it, okay?”

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Jane gave it a thought and decided to call Kelly’s mom, Laura, for a

discussion. “Yes! That app is amazing!” Laura said, “We came to New York when

Kelly was four. Her grandparents still live in San Diego. At the beginning, we talked to

them on the phone and everything was fine. But it only took a few months, I think, for

Kelly to become estranged from grandparents and show very little interests in talking

to them.” “And the app helps?” “Exactly. I didn’t expect too much from it. But it turns

out to be a great help. The app comes with lots of mask, frames and GIFs. Kelly

always plays with these features when chatting with her grandparents and they all

have so much fun.”

Connectivity Benefits vs Privacy Concerns

The app would allow Jess to connect with her grandparents on the other side of the

country, as well as to keep in touch with Jane more often. Jane, 34 years old, is an

advertising practitioner in New York. She is often working overtime or on business

trips. Her clients want her to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Consequently,

she could hardly spend any quality time with her daughter, not to mention she often

misses out on Jess's daily life. Just like many others of her generation, Jane and her

husband have been Facebook’s users and in a love-hate relationship with Facebook

for years. Their problematic experience with the social media platform made them

wonder if they want to put their daughter in the same position.

         Jane mentioned this to her husband at night. “This app can help me

communicate with Jess when I am not at home.” “I don’t think that’s a good idea,”

said her husband, “why do you think they offer this kind of free service to us, to our

kids? They are just trying to lock them in with the chat app and lure them into

Facebook when they turn 13. You know Facebook’s data privacy scandal. How can

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we trust a company like that?” Jane nodded, “true, but probably that’s why we

should get Jess prepared for it. You know, help her build digital literacy skills, teach

her how to protect her privacy, when everything is still under our control.” “That’s a

good point, but, we always pay a price for service, even if it’s a free app. It might be

Jess’s personal information, or our family’s. And what if something goes wrong…

Just, let us really think about it thoroughly, okay?”

Following the trend

In the last couple days, Jane found Jess become quiet at home. After a long talk, she

finally figured out that her little girl was being left out by schoolmates. Jess could not

join their conversations because they used Messenger Kids that she did not have.

Jane and her husband felt sorry for Jess. Even though they were kind of blaming the

app for what their daughter went through, they decided to install it for Jess. However,

it did not take too long for them to notice and started to worry that Jess got

increasingly addicted to her iPad. She checked the app constantly, waiting for her

friends’ replies. Jane sadly found she got even less time with daughter now, because

of the app.

Cyberbullying

What deepens Jane’s concern is that her colleague Richard has a son being cyber-

bullied. Richard is a single dad of a ten-year-old kid named Ryan. Since he had to

work all day long, he allowed Ryan to use social media to stay connected when he

was at work. However, his son was having a hard time since some of his personal

photos got spread through social media. When Richard became aware of that, Ryan

had already become a victim of cyberbullying. He was constantly mocked by

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classmates through group chats and was suffering depression that was life-

threatening.

           Jane told him that her daughter was using Messenger Kids. Richard was

surprised and showed great concerns, especially after he realised that even though

Jane could control the contact list, she did not get direct access to the information

that Jess shared with other people.

           At the beginning, Jane was sold because she wanted to use the app to

communicate with her daughter. Also, the app made lots of promises on empowering

parents with total control of their kids’ social media behaviour. However, Jess started

to refuse sharing her chatting contents with parents. At this point Jane had to admit

that she had underestimated the issues that this app could cause. She wondered if

she should delete it from Jess’ iPad or not. On the one hand she does not want her

kid to be left out of school but on the other hand, she does not want Jess to face the

potential drawbacks that social media could cause. Jane has to make a decision fast,

but what should she do?

References

[1] Federal Trade Commission. (2018). Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule ("COPPA"). Retrieved from
       https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/rules/rulemaking-regulatory-reform-proceedings/childrens-online-
       privacy-protection-rule [Accessed 22 April 2018].

[2] Constine, J. (2017), ‘Facebook ‘Messenger Kids’ lets under-13s chat with whom parents approve’, TechCrunch
       - Startup and Technology News, 5 December Retrieved from 

[3] Messenger Kids. (2018). Facebook Messenger Kids | Safe Kids Chat App. Retrieved from https://
       messengerkids.com/ [Accessed 20 April 2018].

[4] Collin, P. (2018) Facebook’s new Messenger Kids app could be good for digital literacy, The Conversation.
       Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/facebooks-new-messenger-kids-app-could-be-good-for-
       digital-literacy-88857 [Accessed 22 April 2018].

[5] Shaban, H. (2018). Child advocates urge Facebook to end Messenger Kids. The Washington Post. [online]
       Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/30/child-advocates-urge-
       facebook-to-end-messenger-kids/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.67de4d4ec2f8 [Accessed 20 April 2018].

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Discussion
Q1. Discuss the perceived risks that Jane experienced during pre-purchase
stage and their impacts on her decision making process

Given today’s economic and competitive environment, it is crucial to understand

consumers and their thought processes during stages of decision making: the pre-

purchase choice among alternatives, the consumer’s reaction during consumption,

and the post-purchase evaluation of satisfaction (Hoffman, Douglas, Bateson & John,

2015). A current study published on Harvard Business Review found that in order to

increase customer loyalty, their decision process must be kept simple (Spenner &

Freeman, 2012). According to the findings, simple information seeking processes,

trustworthy source of information, minimum perceived risks and available evaluation

among alternatives are the best tools for winning consumers in the first glance. The

following analysis will put perception of risks into focus to understand their impacts

on Jane’s decision to install Messenger Kids app and provide recommendations to

reduce those perceived risks.

         Consumers of services tend to perceive a higher level of risk during the pre-

purchase decision stage compared to consumers who purchase goods. They might

experience significantly unpleasant consequences and uncertainty (Hoffman,

Douglas, Bateson & John, 2015). With respect to uncertainty, Jane may never have

experienced how her daughter, Jess used social media before and hence has no idea

what to expect. In fact, the impacts of social media on users’ well-being are proved

to strongly associate with how they use the platform rather than the platform itself

(Shakya & Christakis, 2017). Therefore, even though Messenger Kids has performed

well on other kids with promising performance, the mother is not guaranteed that this

particular app will have the same successful outcome on her daughter. Furthermore,

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uncertainty is likely to increase as Jane lacks sufficient knowledge on social media for

kids and possible after-effects (Mourali, Laroche & Pons, 2005). Furthermore,

consumers experience perceived risks also due to the level of satisfaction with their

service provider in the past (Hoffman, Douglas, Bateson & John, 2015). In this case,

Jane and her husband show a great concern towards Facebook’s recent privacy and

data scandal, hence, have low incentive to risk trying the new service.

         The poor use of social media could lead to consequences that the Johnson

family cannot anticipate with any certainty, and some of which are likely to be

unpleasant. The wide range of risks that the parents perceive are presented in the

table below.

Table 1. Perceived risks in Jane’s pre-purchase stage

    TYPES OF RISKS                                 EXAMPLES IN THE CASE

Functional (Performance) Privacy and data collection
Risk                     Messenger Kids receives a lot of positive evaluation on its performance
                         of offering a safe and engaging social media platform for kids under 13
The uncertainty as to
                         years old (Collin, 2017). Even though Facebook emphasises on the
whether the service will
                         complete restriction of advertising and data collection in the app, Jane
perform as what was
promised and/or expected and other parents are still raising the great concern about kids’ privacy,
                         mostly due to the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal of
                         Facebook, the parent company (Nivea, 2018).

Psychological Risk          Cyberbullying
The possibility that the    Social media are raising the concern of profoundly impacting children’s
service will not fit an     interaction with others. Cyberbullying has emerged as a potential harm,
individual’s self-esteem    raising questions regarding its influence of mental health (Shulhan,
                            Hamm, Scott et al, 2015).

                            Relational experiences & formation of children’s identity
                            Yust (2014) points out that social media allow identity play in which kids
                            prefer to act a role in front of the computer instead of physically
                            interacting with people. The online relationships will encourage screen
                            addiction and ’detached attachment’, which might have negative
                            implication on children’s emotional growth and discourage pro-social
                            behaviours.

Physical Risk               Negative impacts on well-being
Possible damage, harm or    The negative outcomes on physical health are possibly caused by the
injury to the consumer or   screen addiction of social media users (Kamenetz, 2018), as well as the
their possessions           injuries from bullying.

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The increase in negative outcomes and the importance of these outcomes

will increase the perception of risk (Hoffman, Douglas, Bateson & John, 2015). In this

case, due to the importance of her kid’s well-being, Jane experiences greater and

more dramatic perceived risks. As a consequence, the negative outcome is likely to

occur, including the withdrawal from decision making process and ultimately the

purchase. Even when Jane decides to install the app, the high perceived risks will

negatively impact her satisfaction by narrowing down the tolerance zone.

         Theoretical frameworks recommend increasing personal sources of

information, providing more knowledge and information about the service and

enhancing brand loyalty to reduce the perceived risks (Mourali, Laroche & Pons,

2005). However, the case shows a considerable need to modify the service itself at

first. Detailed suggestions will be presented later in this paper.

Discussion
Q2. Discuss the benefits and sacrifices Jane encountered during service
usage.

Perceived value of services relative to those of competitors plays a critical role in

enhancing business’s performance (Buzzell & Gale, 1987). Perceived value is defined

as the overall evaluation of the consumer on the utility of a service based upon the

perception of what is received and what is given (Zeithaml, 1988). The get

components refer to the benefits that consumers receive from the service. In

contrast, the given components associate with the costs or sacrifices that consumers

encountered from the consumption. The perceived costs include both monetary price

and non-monetary sacrifices such as time, energy and psychic costs.

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Regarding the benefits, Messenger Kids offers Jess a free video calling and

messaging app to communicate and stay connected with her mom and dad,

grandparents and friends. Parental control, which is the main feature of the app,

provides a sense of safety as Jess can only connect with parent-approved contacts.

Jane’s perception of control increases as she can request to check on the messages

as they are unable to be deleted or hidden, unlike other platforms such as Snapchat,

Viber or WhatsApp, etc (Facebook, 2017). Furthermore, Facebook’s kid-friendly

texting app is also easy to use and partly similar to the existing Messenger that Jane

and her husband are using. The app, hence maximises the service convenience by

reducing time and effort spent by the users (Berry et al., 2002). More importantly, as

reported in the case, the majority of kids are using social media underage, which

potentially causes risks to their mental health and relational experiences (Yust, 2014).

Therefore, Messenger Kids without ads, in-app purchases and data sharing is an

appealing tool for kid’s digital literacy (Collin, 2017).

         On the other hand, it is crucial to note that even though the app is free, the

non-monetary sacrifices, especially the psychic costs could detract from the

perceived value of the service (García-Fernández, Gálvez-Ruíz, Fernández-Gavira,

Vélez-Colón, Pitts & Bernal-García, 2018). Likewise, Jane might not want a free app

because the non-monetary sacrifices related to service could be more important for

Jane and her daughter. The case points out that screen addiction, mental health-

related problems, privacy issues and social relationship are of great concerns to the

parents. In fact, Jess undergoes the troubles not too long after her first use. Child

advocates, educators, and parents have addressed the harms of social media to

children’s healthy development in the open letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, calling on

Facebook to shut down the app. Debating over its benefits for digital literacy, the

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collective argues that younger children have not fundamentally developed enough to

fully understand the privacy issue, including “what is appropriate to share with others

and who has access to their conversations, pictures, and videos” (Garun, 2018). The

lack of understanding can lead to the possibility of cyberbullying as Ryan

experienced in the story. As a result, from both Jane’s perspectives and the

controversial debate of the advocates, educators and other parents, the app is

perceived to have negative impacts on kids, families and society.

         As defined earlier, perceived value is the ratio of benefits to costs. Therefore,

in order to effectively increase the perceived value, Facebook should try to lower the

sacrifices, rather than adding more benefits due to the high costs associated with the

strategy. Tactical suggestions will be presented at the final part of this case.

Discussion
Q3. Use the Gaps model to identify Messenger Kids' service quality
problems.

It is vital for service provider to constantly increase service quality to satisfy

consumers. However, negative disconfirmation may occur anytime before, during or

after consumption due to the gaps between the service that customers expect and

what they actually receive. Gap Model is an efficient tool for company to identify the

service problems, improve their service quality by reducing the gaps and hence,

achieve customers' satisfaction (Naik, 2010).

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Knowledge Gap

Knowledge gap refers to the differences of managers’ perception of consumer

expectations with customers’ expectations (Luk & Layton, 2002). Generally,

Messenger Kids provides a platform which supports kids to communicate with their

friends and family. However, it is not the entire customers’ desire. As for Jane, rather

than simply improving communication through digital media, what Jane desires more

is to improve relationship with Jess by spending more quality time with the help of

Messenger Kids. However, Messenger Kids does not provide specific activities

designed for kid-parent interaction or guarantee quality communication between

them. As a result, the perceived service quality has decreased.

Communication Gap

Communication gap represents the differences between how Facebook advertises

the Messenger Kid and how the app actually works. The company guarantees to

provide a safe and fun messaging platform with significant parental control. Even

though, the app actually delivers these promises, the costs that it causes to kids and

their parents are considerable, which outweighs its benefits. As previously

mentioned, screen addiction, mental health issues, relational experience, etc. are the

costs arising during consumption but yet to be disclaimed by the service provider.

The lack of reliability in the service will result in the decrease of perceived service

quality. However, it is also important to note that the incomplete customer's input is

likely to contribute to this negative outcome. The shortage of digital literacy and

knowledge on responsible use of social media for kids, and Jess's overuse of social

media represent a challenge for Messenger Kids to deliver on promises (Fitzsimmons

& Fitzsimmons, 2006).

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Perceived Service Quality Gap

The above analysis points out the service gap since there is a difference between

what Jane expects from the app and what she actually receives. While the mother

desires a communication platform to stay in touch more frequently with her daughter,

the app drives Jess further from Jane by taking up for the kid to talk with her

classmates. Even though it can be argued that the outcome is subjective to user's

behavior, it is crucial to acknowledge Facebook's insufficient and overpromising

communication when it first introduces the app. Consequently, the lack of knowledge

and information and the overemphasis on the benefits while neglecting the service

costs lead to the poor perceived quality in Jane's mind and potentially cause

negative word-of-mouth.

Discussion
Q4. Use the customer lifetime value (CLV) metric and relationship
marketing theory to explain how Facebook can make profit with
Messenger Kids, a free app without ads.

Customer lifetime value (CLV) considers the total value a customer can bring to the

company throughout the duration of relationship the customer maintains with the

company, instead of the value limited to one transaction (Berger & Nasr, 1998). Since

Facebook offers Messenger Kids for free without advertisement or in-app purchases,

this service will not generate any direct revenue for the company. Therefore,

customers acquired by Messenger Kids, especially children since they do not have

Facebook accounts at this point, should be regarded as unprofitable customers for

Facebook. For a profit-oriented company, they should not have developed this app

because the company is supposed to get rid of unprofitable customers (Stone,

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Woodcock & Wilson, 1996). However, taking the customer lifetime value into

consideration, those children can become profitable for Facebook if the company can

retain those customers and transfer to the ‘regular’ Facebook platform when they

turn 13.

           Following this perspective, it makes more sense if people regard Messenger

Kids, Messenger (for 13+) and Facebook as a whole. All the free services the

company offers with Messenger Kids can be considered as costs of customer

acquisition. With this investment, Facebook starts building relationship with children

under 13 for an opportunity to cross-sell other services that generate profits.

Installing Messenger Kids is the first transaction these new customers have with

Facebook. A great experience will lead them to make more transactions. In other

words, they are more likely to install other apps that generate profits for Facebook

such as Facebook, Messenger and, WhatsApp.

           Customers who are satisfied with this service also spread positive word of

mouth. In the case, Kelly and her mother Laura as well as Jess’s other schoolmates

act as referral customers that encourage Jane and Jess to accept the new service.

Information from personal resources has significant impacts on customers’ attitudes

towards the service (Hoffman, Douglas, Bateson & John, 2015). By retaining those

referral customers and keeping them satisfied, Facebook can acquire a large number

of new customers with potential profitability.

           Another reason that the company needs to use Messenger Kids to acquire

new, but currently unprofitable customers is that their flagship, Facebook, is

struggling in acquiring and retaining profitable customers. In recent years, teenagers

have been leaving Facebook for other social media platforms like Snapchat (Guynn,

2017). Therefore, Facebook needs to find a way to increase market share among

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younger generations. However, comparing to the almost untapped market,

competition among social media for customers over 13 is much more intensive. While

the number of competitors increases, the acquisition costs also rise rapidly (Min et

al., 2016).

         Variables including retention rates, acquisition cost and expected

expenditure of the customer all influence the calculation of CLV. With Messenger

Kids, Facebook tries to avoid direct competition and reduce acquisition costs. It will

be easier for Facebook to retain kids to continue using the Facebook platform when

they turn 13 versus having to acquire new customers within that age range as

competition is more intensive at that stage.

         These retained customers (children) will know their role and will follow the

service delivery script. They will be more aware of and prepared for issues such as

privacy protection that Jess’s parents concern and cyberbullying that Ryan has

experienced when using Facebook underage. On the one hand, they are more likely

to act appropriately and take responsibility for their own behaviours with better digital

literacy. This will save indirect cost for Facebook and will reduce complaints received

since users become more educated with social media service.

Effects on parents

However, from parents’ perspective, the idea that Facebook targets their children as

potential profitable customers in a long term is quite irritating. Despite all the benefits

this app offers to the family, parents believe that the company is just trying to reach

kids when they have less digital literacy and are likely to be persuaded. By doing so,

the company can lure their kids into Facebook when they turn 13. Some critics

believe children can only understand the complexities of marketing communication

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and make rational judgement when they reach reflective stage, which is around 11 to

16 years old (Roedder-John, 1999). In the case, Jess easily gets persuaded by her

friends and she is not able to rationally evaluate risks and benefits before becoming a

promoter herself. As a consequence, Facebook is considered as taking advantage of

children.

         Many Facebook users including Jess’s parents find themselves having

developed spurious loyalty to Facebook, which traps them into a love-hate

relationship with the service. They are unsatisfied with the service, but they cannot

easily delete their Facebook accounts because of limited alternatives and high

switching cost. With 84% of users expressing concern after the personal information

scandal, only 8% of them decide to stop using the service (Guynn, 2018). Apparently,

Jane and many other parents do not want their children to build the same relationship

with Facebook. Therefore, they are unwilling to accept Messenger Kids.

Discussion
Q5. Provide recommendations on what Facebook could have done to
reduce the perceived risks, increase the perceived value and reduce
service gaps.

There are several opportunities for Facebook to tackle in order to make customers

satisfied with the service. As discussed, screen addiction is among the major

concerns to parents. The app, hence, can reduce or eliminate the pressure by adding

time control feature through which parents control     the duration of kids’ using the

app. Customisable pop-up messages during usage, such as “Have you done your

homework/chores?” are also suggested to enhance kid's responsible use of social

media.

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The following paragraph presents recommendations for Facebook to close

the current gaps in their service to increase the perceived service quality and

customer satisfaction. It is necessary for the app to create specific activities based

on customers' demands. Facebook should focus on communicating their service’s

value and co-creating value by building community groups to share experiences and

provide feedbacks. The company should also create surveys to achieve further

insights about the factual needs and expectations for Messenger Kids. Both

quantitative method such as questionnaires and qualitative method such as focus

group interview are required.

         Secondly, they need to decrease the communication gap. Messenger Kids

needs to provide a more congruent advertising to customer by indicating the

potential problems to customers rather than building an unachievable expectation.

Meanwhile, there is a general concern from parents for a free service without

advertising. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Bloomberg reported that Mark

Zuckerberg’s company is conducting market research to see the impact of altering

the current business model by changing the revenue model to an alternative version

of the service offering an ad-free experience by charging the customers (Oreskovic,

2018). To reduce the perceived risk and increase congruency of the advertising,

Facebook should provide clear guidelines to helps kids to use social media

appropriately in their website. By doing this initiative, customers who are worried

about their privacy may feel protected and thus be more willing for their children to

use the app.

         Relationship marketing can help Facebook change some negative attitudes.

Relationship is formed based on mutual understanding between service provider and

customers, and in this case between Facebook and parents. Facebook should deliver

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the messages that fully address parents’ concern, in order to reestablish relationship

with those parents who are also Facebook users. Consequently, they will have better

chance to cross-sell Messenger Kids to parents. Meanwhile, the company needs to

show their genuine concern for children’s welfare instead of simply treating them as

potentially profitable customers. The company needs to clearly demonstrate their

responsibility of protecting and educating children in the digital world. One way to

achieve that is focusing on communicating the relationship benefits that children can

get to their parents. For example, by using Messenger Kids early, children will

develop better digital literacy and privacy awareness; therefore, they will know what

to expect and feel less anxiety when they start using the mature version or other

social media.

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