After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the USA, we found that there's a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.
Facebook has rolled out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app created to make it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends, in the US. But that's slightly changing now, as the company has chose to open the doors of its Messenger services to the kids. The preview of the app is presently available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone users only.
Today, parents are increasingly allowing their children to use tablets and smartphones, but often have questions and concerns about how their kids use them and which apps are appropriate. Otherwise, I wouldn't expect a lot of users to use the app.
Basically, this was designed so that parents can protect their children from things that shouldn't be accessed by them in the first place. It offers parents complete control over what their children are doing over the Web.
Facebook Messenger, which started its journey with 500 million users and a wave of 1-star reviews, now sits at 1.3 billion users, and ratings have improved up to a 3-star average. Do you think Messenger Kids is a good idea? Kids wanting to add another kid as their contact must have approval from the parents of both the kids, in addition to the condition that the parents should also be connected in Facebook through their accounts.
When children open the Messenger Kids app, they'll see a color-customizable home screen with big tiles representing their existing chat threads and approved contacts, with their last message and the last time they were online.
Playful masks, emojis and sound effects bring conversations to life.
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Facebook has launched a new version of its Messenger app, specifically for users under the age of 13. Parents fully control the contact list and kids can't connect with contacts that their parent does not approve.
Davis said that, if a parent decides to delete their child's account, Facebook will also delete any data from its own servers.
Authenticate: Then, authenticate your child's device using your own Facebook username and password. You can then finish the setup process by creating an account for your child by simply providing their name.
With Facebook Messenger Kids, parents have to download the app on their kids' mobile device, create the kid's profile, and set approved people with whom the kids can chat from the main Messenger app.
Messenger Kids will make sure that the app acts as a stepping stone for the kids to access Messenger and Facebook at a later stage.
The creation of Messenger Kids is not an isolated initiative, rather it comes as part of a conscious push from the social media megaforce to increase its presence amongst youths.
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