Facebook Messenger Kids App Launched with Parental Controls
Facebook, the social networking magnet announced a new version of its most popular messenger app specially designed for kids and adolescents. The app dubbed ‘Facebook messenger kids’ aims at allowing children to safely video chat and message with family and friends without risking their privacy and safety.
Facebook Messenger Kids App Launched
Currently, limited to the users in the US, the messenger kids is a standalone app that parents can control from their regular Facebook account.
In an official blog post, Loren Cheng, Product Management Director at Facebook, wrote about the product:
“Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she’s working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families. This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone.”
After setting up the account by parents, kids can begin with one-on-one or group video chat with parent-approved contacts. Kids can also send photos, videos or text messages to their friends and adult relatives to their regular messenger app. Parents, however, approve the list of friends and relatives who will receive the messages.
Here is how parents can set up ‘Facebook Messenger Kids App’ account-
Download the Facebook Messenger Kids App on your child’s device from the respective app store. Once downloaded the app, authenticate the child’s device using your own Facebook username and password. Authenticating with your ID and password won’t create a Facebook account for your child or give them access to your Facebook account.
Now, as the account setup for your child is done, provide the account a name. The app is now ready to be used by the child. He or she can now chat with the family and friends you approve.
In order to add people to your child’s approved contact list, go to the Messenger Kids parental controls panel in your main Facebook app.
Unlike other messenger apps, ‘Facebook Messenger Kids app’ neither offer ads, nor the child’s information is used for ads. The app is absolutely free for download there are no in-app purchases. The Facebook Messenger Kids app is designed in compliance with Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).