Facebook just announced that it is rolling out Messenger Kids to more than 70 countries and adding in new opt-in features for parents to help their kids connect with their friends. Parents in Cambodia can download the app from today.
As many communities are managing their response to COVID-19, 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. Facebook has worked closely with Youth Advisors, a team of experts in online safety, child development and media, to help shape the Messenger Kids app.
Messenger Kids 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 with to, and when those contacts are online.
What extra features will children get with Messenger Kids?
- 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 lets them decorate content and express their personalities.
- Messenger Kids gives parents more control. Parents manage the contact list and have visibility into how their kids are using the app. Parents control kids’ accounts and contacts through the Messenger Kids Parent Dashboard in their main Facebook iOS and Android app:
Every account on Messenger Kids must be set up by a parent. Parents need to download the Messenger Kids app on their child’s device and authenticate it using their own Facebook username and password. After that, they can set up an account and provide their name and opt-in to any additional features. The device can then be handed over to the child so they can start chatting with family and friends.
Parents can also add people to the contact list via Messenger Kids Parent Dashboard panel in their main Facebook app.
For more specific information about the app, visit messengerkids.com.