Facebook announced the launch of Messenger Kids in more than 70 new countries and new features that will gradually roll out in different markets. As schools around the world remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new features are designed to let kids increase their contacts on the app under parental supervision.
The first new feature, called Supervised Friending, which lets parents turn on an option that allows their children to accept, reject, add and remove contacts. The second new feature allows parents to approve other adults, like teachers, to add their kids to group chats. The third feature, now available in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, allows parents to make their child’s profile name and photo visible to a circle of users that includes friends of their kids’ contacts and their parents, children of parents’ Facebook friends who also have Messenger Kids, and the children of people parents invite to download the app.
Parents know more about their kids
- Parents approve every contact, so kids can chat in a safer, more controlled environment.
- Parents can remove any contact at any time
- Parents can use sleep mode to set times when their child cannot use the app.
- Messages don't disappear and can't be hidden in case parents would like to check in.
- There are no ads or in-app purchases, and the app is free to download.
Kids Have More Fun
- Kid-appropriate stickers, GIFs, frames and emojis help kids creatively express themselves.
- One-on-one or group video calls come to life with fun, interactive masks.
- The feature-filled camera lets kids create videos and decorate photos to share with loved ones.
Works with Messenger
- Parents and parent-approved adults chat with kids through Messenger.
- Works on all tablets and smartphones.
- No phone number is needed - you only need Wi-Fi.
Made Safer for Kids
- Creating a Messenger Kids account for a child does not create a Facebook account for them.
- Parents and guardians use their own Facebook accounts to create a Messenger Kids account for their child.
- Kids have the option to report or block contacts and report inappropriate content. If a child submits a report, their parent or guardian will be notified.
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