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Young Adults with No Kids often Seek Holiday or Weekend Activities Such as Camping and Visit to Theme Park

The next big thing for 55 per cent of the surveyed audience is watching movies as a preferred mode of holiday activity, said the survey titled conducted

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Nearly 70 per cent respondents agreed that visit to a theme park outranked other weekend holiday or leisure activity for them. Pixabay

Young adults with no kids (YANKS) in Mumbai and Pune are not all work and often seek holiday or weekend activities such as camping, trekking and visit to theme or amusement park, a survey said on Monday.

Nearly 70 per cent respondents agreed that visit to a theme park outranked other weekend holiday or leisure activity for them.

The next big thing for 55 per cent of the surveyed audience is watching movies as a preferred mode of holiday activity, said the survey titled conducted by Adlabs Imagica with Hansa Research that involved 3,600 respondents.

“Spending on traditional forms of entertainment by YANKS is not the preferred choice. They look forward to more experiential adventures like travel and concerts to enjoy themselves and company of others with incredible spends on entertainment which is a key trigger for theme parks”, Dhimant Bakshi, joint CEO, Adlabs Imagica, said in a statement.

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Young adults with no kids (YANKS) in Mumbai and Pune are not all work and often seek holiday or weekend activities such as camping, trekking and visit to theme or amusement park. Pixabay

Travelling is no longer restricted to a once a year activity as more and more people are preferring long weekends trips to break the monotony of their regular schedules.

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Nearly 97 per cent respondents stated that mobile Internet has eased the information search process empowering them while 39 per cent of the YANKS relied entirely on social media, the findings showed. (IANS)

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Facebook Fails to Allay Privacy Fears on Messenger Kids

Instead, the social media giant said it would focus more on its Messenger Kids service

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FILE - In this April 30, 2019, file photo, Facebook stickers are laid out on a table at F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy announced in May that Facebook is building a… VOA

Facebook is not doing enough to safeguard children on its Messenger Kids app and their privacy is at risk, US Democratic Senators have stressed.

Responding to Facebook’s reply to their earlier letter, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said that Facebook has to do a lot better to protect kids on its Messenger Kids platform, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

“Facebook’s response gives little reassurance to parents that Messenger Kids is a safe place for children today,” the Senators said.

“We are particularly disappointed that Facebook did not commit to undertaking a comprehensive review of Messenger Kids to identify additional bugs or privacy issues,” they added.

Facebook in July admitted a design flaw in its Messenger Kids Service that exposed thousands of children on group chats with unauthorised users.

The concerned Senators shot a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on August 6, asking him to explain what exactly is happening.

“Children’s privacy and safety online should be Messenger Kids’ top priority. Your company has a responsibility to meet its promise to parents that children are not exposed to unapproved contacts, a promise that it appears that Facebook has not fulfilled,” they wrote.

In a reply on Wednesday, Facebook Public Policy Vice President Kevin Martin said: “We believe… that Messenger Kids complies with COPPA (the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and we are committed to continually improving it to ensure that we not only comply with COPPA but also meet and exceed the high standards of parents and families.”

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FILE – Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during Facebook Inc’s F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, United States. VOA

However, the Facebook reply failed to satisfy the Senators.

“If Facebook wants children and parents’ trust, it has to do a lot better than this. That means dropping Facebook’s current whack-a-mole method and taking a proactive approach that makes privacy and security the platform’s number one priority –particularly for kids,” the Senators noted.

The social networking platform introduced Messenger Kids in 2017 and is aimed at kids under 13 years of age.

Messenger Kids is a video chat and messaging app designed for kids to communicate with family and close friends that parents or caregivers approve.

Parents set up and manage their child’s Messenger Kids account through their own Facebook account.

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Facing the flak from lawmakers and experts, Facebook in February this year decided not to build a new app called “LOL” to let children share and post humorous meme content.

Instead, the social media giant said it would focus more on its Messenger Kids service. (IANS)