Facebook Messenger Kids Announced for Kids Below 13Yrs of Age

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Facebook announced a new version for its Messenger application for children under the age of 13 years. The social media giant has launched Facebook Messenger kids, a standalone app for children under the age of 13 years to chat with their parents and friends who have been approved by their parents. The app is live in US for now and will be rolled out to Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the coming months.

Messenger Kids comes with a slew of controls for parents. The service won’t let children add their own friends or delete messages – only parents can do that. Kids don’t get a separate Facebook or Messenger account; rather, it’s an extension of a parent’s account. Messenger Kids came out Monday in the US as an app for Apple devices – the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The parents will first have to join the Facebook platform to let your kids use the app. The Messenger Kids also comes with slew of features like playful masks, emojis, inbuilt camera, parental control over the kids’s contact list and more. To set up the Messenger Kids on your child’s device, follow these four steps:

  1. First, download the Messenger Kids app on your kid’s iOS device.
  2. Authenticate your child’s device using your own Facebook username and password. This will not create a Facebook account for your child or give them access to your Facebook account.
  3. Then create your child’s account by providing their name. The device can now be handed over to the kids for chatting.
  4. One can also add people to their child’s approved contact list by going to their Messenger Kids parental controls panel in your main Facebook app.

Facebook says that the application won’t use child’s information and there would be no ads showing up in the app. Also, the app has been designed in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).

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Bikram Singh Negi

Bikram Singh Negi

Holding camera at extreme destinations or playing games in metro train his love for tech never ends. Phones, Apps, Updates, Cameras and Tech gossip all in one roof, he’s a complete tech-package. Travelling or sampling new cuisine nothing would distort him from his passion.