Facebook has rolled out Messenger Kids to more than 70 countries globally and adding in new opt-in features for parents to help their kids connect with their friends.
With schools closed and people practicing physical distancing, parents are turning to technology more than ever to help their kids connect with friends and family, and looking to do so in a parent-controlled way.
Messenger Kids is a video chat and messaging app that helps kids connect with friends and family in a fun, parent-controlled space. Parents control the contact list, and kids control the fun features like filters and stickers.
Parents are able to set controls, as well as review and manage their kids’ contacts by using the Parent Dashboard. Kids can block and report as well, and doing so will notify their parents.
Although it is a separate app from the standard Messenger, parents can connect kids with them using their Messenger app. Approved adults can message and video chat with their kids via the Messenger app without any additional app download needed.