EghtesadOnline: A social media platform, an application store and an application launcher designed specifically for children were launched on Sunday by Nabaat Media Group—a local media organization specializing in children's content.
The app was unveiled at Iran Telecommunication Research Center in central Tehran, local tech website ictpress.ir reported.
A launcher is the name given to a part of the Android user interface that lets users customize the home screen (such as the phone's desktop), launch mobile apps, make phone calls, and perform other tasks on Android devices (devices that use the Android mobile operating system).
The platforms have created a secure space and offer carefully selected content tailored for children of different age groups, Mojtaba Sadat head of the privately-owned Nabaat Media Group told a press briefing, Financial Tribune reported.
He added that the "goal is to facilitate access to suitable content for children and the content available on the platforms conforms to Islamic values."
While monitoring their activities on smart phones and tablets, parents can filter the content used by their children using the new platforms. The software is compatible with devices running on iOS, Android and Windows.
According to Sadaat, by using the platforms children can create user profiles, socialize and produce digital content. More than 50 applications are available for download.
The app has been developed with the assistance of the National Center for Cyberspace and the press department of the Culture Ministry.
On Tuesday, Abolhasan Firouzabadi, secretary of The High Council of Cyberspace announced that the center had reached an agreement with the Education Ministry to launch a local social media network for school children.
The two sides have formed a team to define the major guidelines to optimize the use of Internet among students; Mehr News Agency quoted him as saying.
Programs are being created so that enthusiastic students could develop digital games and learn the basics of coding, he added.
"This will prepare them for entering the job market in the future." The plan will be communicated to schools when finalized.