Facebook Messenger Kids was launched at the end of 2017 and was designed to make youngsters’ social media lives safer. The app, intended for users that are 13 years old or younger, is pretty much controlled by one of the parents.
The app is available on Android and iOS in more than 70 countries, and Facebook promises to expand that even further. With schools closed and kids spending more time at home, communication apps are in more demand now than ever.
Facebook updated the app with new features designed to help youngsters stay better connected during these times, under adequate parental control.
One new feature, called Supervised Friending, will allow parents to give the kids permission to accept or reject, and add or remove contacts., while still maintaining parental supervision. The feature is now available in the US, and will gradually reach the rest of the world soon.
Another new feature, Connecting Kids Through Groups is designed to keep kids connected which are in sports teams or any extracurricular activity that used to get youngsters together in groups. Parents can approve an adult to help connect their child with other kids through a group. This can be a teacher, a coach, or other leaders that can also create the groups.
Also, parents in the US, Canada, and Latin America can now choose to make their child’s name and profile photo visible to friends of their contacts and parents.
Facebook says Messenger Kids is here to teach kids on how to connect responsibly on the internet and makes it clear that parents are in control.