Wednesday, June 10, 2020 / 06:00 PM / Facebook
Messenger Kids enables kids to safely video chat and message with family
and friends when they can't be together in person
Today, Facebook is rolling out Messenger Kids, a video chat and
messaging app that helps children connect with friends and family in a fun,
parent-controlled space. Available to download
from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, Messenger Kids has been
designed for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years, with the app including two new features aimed at helping kids
connect with their friends and family.
Helping to shape the Messenger Kids app, Facebook has worked closely
with Youth Advisors over the years, made up of experts in online safety, child
development and media. Ahead of its launch, Facebook also consulted with child
safety advocates and educators across Africa to ensure that its providing a
service that balances parental control with features that help kids learn how
to connect responsibly online.
Messenger Kids is made for Kids but controlled by parents, the app is
full of features for kids to connect with the people they love. Once their
account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat.
The home screen shows them at a glance who they are connected to, and when
those contacts are online. Some fun features available in the app, include:
- Playful masks, emojis
and sound effects bring conversations to life.
- In addition to video
chat, kids can send photos, videos or text messages to their
parent-approved friends and adult relatives, who will receive the messages
via their regular Messenger app.
- A library of
kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and
drawing tools to let them decorate content and express their
Commenting on the launch, Kojo Boakye, Facebook Public Policy Director,
Africa said: "We know that parents are turning to technology more than ever
to help their kids connect with friends and family online. With privacy,
security and parental control at the heart of the app, Messenger Kids provides
a safe, fun space, controlled by parents to do exactly that."
Safety expert Evelyn Kasina, Family IT Consultant, Eveminet, added: "It is our responsibility to ensure
online safety for our children. The greatest sign of success is when our
children display responsible independence during their online interaction. The
launch of Facebook Messenger Kids is an amazing stride toward child online
safety because our young children will enjoy and participate on social media on
child developed platforms that have safety parameters to keep them safe."
Through the Parent Dashboard, parents can control and monitor their
child's activity enabling them to:
- Monitor recent contacts, chat history,
and reported and blocked contacts: including who your
child is chatting with, whether they are video chatting or sending
messages and how frequently those conversations happened over the past 30
days. You'll also see a list of the contacts your child has blocked and/or
unblocked, if they have reported any messages as well as any contacts
they've reported and the reason for their action. Parents will continue to
be notified via Messenger if their child blocks or reports someone.
- See a log of images and videos in chats:
the most recent photos and videos your child has sent and received in
their inbox. If you believe an image or video is not appropriate for your
child, you can remove it from your child's message thread and report
- Enable Supervised
Friending: This feature will enable parents to choose to allow their
kids to also accept, reject, add or remove contacts, while maintaining the
ability to override any new contact approvals from the Parent Dashboard.
When a kid takes a friending action, parents will be notified through
Messenger and can override any new connections made by going to the Parent
Dashboard, where they will also be able to see a log of recent activities.
- Remote Device Logout: See
all devices where your child is logged in to Messenger Kids and log out of
the app on any device through the Parent Dashboard
- Download your child's information: Request
a copy of your child's Messenger Kids information, similar to how you can
download your own information within the Facebook app. The download will
include a list of your child's contacts as well as the messages, images
and videos they have sent and received. Your child will be notified
through the Messenger Kids app when you request this information.
More Information on Messenger Kids
- There are no ads in Messenger Kids and
your child's information isn't used for ads.
- It is free to download
and there are no in-app purchases.
- Messenger Kids is also
designed to be compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection
- Facebook continues to
work with parents, safety and security experts to improve Messenger Kids
and have also announced new ways to help parents connect kids with their
- For more specific
information about the app, visit messengerkids.com.
- For the latest on how
to use Messenger Kids, visit our Help Center
Click HERE to see the Messenger Kids
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