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Facebook Messenger For Kids

On Monday, December 4th, Facebook announced that they launched their new Messenger app for children! Typically, children under 13 are not allowed to have a Facebook account. The app is called, “Messenger Kids.” Today, more and more parents are allowing their kids to have smartphones and tablets, so Facebook wants to make it easier for parents to get in touch with their kids. Kids don’t need to sign up for a Facebook account and are not required to have a phone number to have an account. Children that are 6 to 12 years old can have an account. How does the app work? The kids can only talk to contacts that are approved by their parents. If something inappropriate shows up in the messages, the parents will be notified. Messages can’t be deleted so it gives parents a chance to see who they’re talking to. The app has emojis, video conference calls, funny images/masks, filters for faces, and other fun activities. The kids won’t be found via Facebook search. For example, if your child wants to be friends with another child, a parent will have to add the other child’s parent so they can connect their kids to chat with each other. The app is now available for Apple devices. The versions for Android and Amazon devices will come at a later time. Parents, how do you feel about the app? Will you download it for your kids?


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