After issues like cyber-bullying or online sexual harassment, Facebook is trying to make youngsters’ social media lives safer. That’s a big part of the reason why the company rolled out Messenger Kids for users that are 13 years old or younger #securemagic
Messenger Kids is pretty much controlled by one of the parents. To make an account for the kid, the adult has to first register with their own, regular Facebook account. Afterwards, they can set up a child profile that contains a first name, surname and one profile picture. Once that’s done, the kid can chat with regular users, like family members, after they obtain permission from the parent. To text with a kid using the new app, the parent first has to become friends with the other child’s parents. Only then, the other kid can be added in the Kids list and chatting can begin.
Inside the app, children can share photos and comments as well as make video calls with multiple users. Facebook has also put at their disposal “kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools”. As you can expect, Messenger Kids is more colorful than the original app. It’s also ad-free and there are no in-app purchase options. The teens’ data can’t be used for advertising purposes at all.
Youngsters are pretty much isolated from the perils of the original social media platform, especially since they can’t access the parents’ account in any way from the new app. Of course, this much control might prove to be hard to accept by rebellious teens, especially since their friends could easily refuse to let go of their normal Facebook account or find ways to access it still, without adults’ knowledge.
If you want to have a go at it, for the sake of your kid, just download it from the App Store or wait for the Google Play Store to feature it in the following months.