Facebook is really doing great stuffs and they’ve finally launched Facebook Messenger Kids for kids below 13 and it was designed to allow kids chat with whom parents approve.
For the first time, Facebook is allowing children under age 13 to operate on a privacy-focused app.
Facebook Messenger kids lets parents download the app on their child’s phone or tablet, create a profile for them and approve friends and family with whom they can text and video chat from the main messenger app.
Kids don’t have to sign up for a Facebook account and don’t need a phone number, but can communicate with each other via messenger.
It’s up to parents whether their kids should be chatting so young, but if they are, at least this provides parental controls.
Facebook announced the launch of Facebook messenger kids on monday.
So, if you’re a parent, you now have full control over who your child chats with. It helps restrict them from talking to strangers.
Another thing is, the Facebook messenger kid doesn’t have ads, and has nothing to do with the ad partners and doesn’t have any in-app purchases.
Facebook said, Still, it’s designed for kids, not teens, which opens a whole debate about whether youngsters really should be using chat apps in the first place.
“Parents are increasingly allowing their children to use tablets and smartphones, but often have questions and concerns about how their kids use them and which apps are appropriate,” said Loren Cheng, product manager for Messenger Kids.
Strictly speaking, only those aged 13 and over are allowed to use Facebook. But the prevention methods are trivial, meaning more than 20 million under-13-year-olds are thought to be using the network.
It’s available for Iphone now in the US, and will launch on Android in the coming months.
Parents can’t watch their kids conversations but can delete friends.
Now, what do you think of this Facebook messenger kid launch? Any need for it anyways?