Be Informed And Earn: Facebook Launches Messenger Kids, A Facebook Messenger App for Kids

Monday, December 4, 2017

Facebook Launches Messenger Kids, A Facebook Messenger App for Kids

The world's most popular social media network and the third most popular website in the world today launched an app they called Messenger Kids which is a Facebook instant messaging app for kids between the ages 6 to 12 to chat with friends and family. The new app doesn't require kids to own a Facebook account because legally, kids under 13 aren't allowed to open or own a Facebook account.
Facebook Launches Messenger Kids, A Facebook Messenger Apps for Kids

The parents of the kids will have full control of the ap and will determine which of the family members, friends and contacts their kids will chat with. The messenger kids app will be controlled from their own parent's account. Facebook has assured that they will go to extreme lengths to make the app secure and exploit-proof. It won't serve ads, and won't require any information.

Facebook says Messenger Kids is also designed to be compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act, or COPPA. That’s the federal law that protects underage children from exploitation online, and it’s the reason so many online services require children be 13 years of age or older in order to sign up. Facebook says the new app is only available in the US, with plans to expand its availability beyond iOS to the Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the coming months.

Features of Facebook Messenger Kids

Somehow similar to Facebook Messenger Lite, you can only do a handful of things with Facebook Messenger kids and they include;

1.   Video Chat

2.   Text chatting

3.   No image sharing

4.   Kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs

5.   Frames and filters, stickers, masks and drawing tools

The app also gives parents the ability to control a child’s contact list, and the child's home-screen will display pre-approved friends that are online and preexisting one-on-one chats and group threads.

To use the app, parents must download it from the App Store and then authenticate it with their Facebook username and password. Only then can an account be created for a child, with the process requiring only a name for the profile. Contacts are added through an “Explore” section of the app that should let parents search and find other contacts. Users with existing Facebook accounts, like relatives, can create Messenger Kids accounts to chat with the children, with parents having control over which contacts are approved and show up as online when a child uses the app.

The Facebook app will be launched today in preview with a limited rollout to iOS users.

Also Read:   Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Send Money to friends via PayPal

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