Should You Download The New Facebook Messenger App For Your Kids? Here Is What We Think.


You know that only those above 13 years of age can use Facebook. Now, Facebook has launched an app called Messenger Kids that is meant for younger kids (6-12 years, according to Facebook) that lets them chat with contacts who are pre-approved by their parents.

How it works

For the parent: Parent downloads the Messenger Kids app onto the child's device and authenticates using her personal Facebook id. Using the Messenger Kids panel on her own account, she approves certain people to be contacts on the child's account.

For the child: In the app, the child can see the list of approved contacts and engage in video chat, send text messages or share photos and videos with them.

How Facebook thinks it is child-friendly

  • Children cannot connect to those not authorized by their parents.

  • Hand-selected child-friendly gifs.

  • There are no ads.

  • User data is not used for advertising.

  • Child accounts are not automatically migrated to Facebook when the child turns 13.

  • Children can flag content or contact they think is inappropriate.

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