Facebook revealed a new messenger app which aims for kids under 13 named as messenger kids.The key features of the app are as follows:
- Messenger Kids is the standalone app that can be controlled from parent’s Facebook.
- Using the app will not create a Facebook account for the child.
- Kids will not be able to connect with people until their parents approve.
- There are no ads or in-app purchases, and kids can’t delete messages in the app.
The social media giant is launching a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends with the approval of their parents.
- The free app is aimed at kids under 13, who shouldn’t have their own accounts under Facebook’s rules, though they often do.
How messenger kids will work:
- Messenger Kids is a standalone app that can be controlled by a parent’s Facebook app.
- While it can be used on a child’s own device, the service will not create a Facebook account for the kid or give them access to their parents’ accounts.
- After setting up the account, parents can approve the contacts they will allow their child to chat with.
- Kids cannot connect with contacts that have not been approved by their parents, according to Facebook.
- Children also won’t be able to delete messages.
- The app does not contain ads and has no in-app purchases.
- Children will be able to video chat, sent photos, videos, and text messages to their approved contacts.
How to set up messenger kids:
Download: First, download the Messenger Kids app on your child’s iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone from the App Store.
Authenticate: Then, 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.
Create an account: Finish the setup process by creating an account for your child, where all you’ll need to do is provide their name. Then the device can be handed over to the child so they can start chatting with the family and friends you approve.
Add contacts: To add people to your child’s approved contact list, go to the Messenger Kids parental controls panel on your main Facebook app. To get there, click on “More” in the bottom right corner in your main Facebook app, and click “Messenger Kids” in the Explore section.
Facebook said Messenger Kids won’t show ads or collect data for marketing.
Facebook also said it won’t automatically move users to the regular Messenger or Facebook when they get old enough, though the company might give them the option to move contacts to Messenger down the line.
Messenger Kids is launching Monday in the U.S. on Apple devices – the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Versions for Android and Amazon’s tablets are coming later.