Facebook Messenger Kids App – for the first time, FB is opening up to children under age 13 with a privacy-focused app created to neutralize child predator threats that plague youth-focused competitors like Snapchat. This was launched in 2017, but not too many people know about it.
Messenger Kids lets parents download the app on their child’s device, create an account for them, and approve friends and family with whom they can text and video chat from the main Messenger app. Tweens don’t sign up for a Facebook account and don’t need a phone number, but can interact with other Messenger and Messenger Kids users parents sign-off on, so younger siblings don’t get left out of the family group chat.
Special proactive detection safety prevents children from fro sharing nudity, sexual content, or violence, while a dedicated team will respond immediately t report or flagged content.
How To Get Facebook Messenger Kids App
Every child’s account on Messenger Kids must be set up by a parent. For parents, setting your child up with Kids accounts only requires these simple steps:
- Go to the device and download your Messenger Kids app on your child’s iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone from the App Store; Then, authenticate your child’s device using your own Facebook username and password.
- Conclude the setup process by creating an account for your child, where all you’ll need to do is provide a name.
- You can now add people to your child’s approved contact list form the Messenger Kids parental controls panel in your main Facebook app.
Note: Using your own FB username and password doesn’t create or give your children access to your Facebook account. You can control everything they do from your account simply by clicking on ‘More’ on the bottom right corner in your main Facebook app and click “Messenger Kids” in the Explore section.
Messenger features like location sharing and payments have been stripped out, while the Kids version of Giphy won’t let you search for things like “sex.”