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Messenger Kids: This Could Put a Stop to Parents Creating Facebook Accounts For Their Kids.

Facebook requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account, but according to reports more than half of kids under-13s in the UK have an illegal Facebook account (after their parents helped them to sign up).
In a bid to ensure that the kids experience a legal part of Facebook, albeit, in a controlled environment, Facebook has created Messenger Kids, a trimmed down version of Facebook Messenger for children.

To use, parents would have to use their own Facebook accounts to create a Messenger profile for their Kids. The app itself looks like the regular messenger but messages that are sent and received are controlled by the parents. Parents also decide who their children are able to talk to or connect with. Then you have the infusion of AR and the ability to use GIFs and stickers as well as the video chat feature.

Now, here are some things to note about Messenger Kids:

  • This is not the same as creating a Facebook account.
  • These accounts won’t be converted to Facebook accounts once the kid turns 13.
  • Messenger Kids won’t contain ads.
  • You can’t search for a kid’s name.
  • There’s no way for parents to secretly spy on what their kids are saying in their chats. Instead, parents have to ask to look at their kids’ screen.

At the moment, Messenger for Kids is only available to iOS users in the US, but the Android/iOS version should be available globally in the coming months.
What do you think?

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6 comments on “Messenger Kids: This Could Put a Stop to Parents Creating Facebook Accounts For Their Kids.

  1. hassan says:

    I think this a nice decession taking by the US it will be the best for them because the rate at which children now watch porn videos is going to be reduce,and also enhance a good feature for that child.love to get more usefull tip from you.

  2. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, IT STILL WOULDN’T SOLVE THE PROBLEM ITS SET OUT TO SOLVE. WILL THE ‘ILLEGAL’ FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS BE CLOSED? NO. WILL THE PARENTS BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE MESSAGES BEING SENT AND RECEIVED? NO.
    BUT I HOPE GOING FORWARD, FACEBOOK WILL IMPROVE IN THIS…

  3. pwilliams says:

    Well it makes sense over there not down here

  4. Hussaini says:

    It a nice decision from Facebook, i think the Parents is not able to stop this, but they can help in reducing the rate of entering the said apk

  5. KingAbsolute says:

    This is a great development. Creating children’s Facebook account from the parents account thereby creating a link for monitoring.
    Just like an admin controlling a page. Nice!

  6. Edu says:

    I don’t really know how to feel about this

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