- The social media giant announced on Wednesday that it is all set to roll out the Messenger Kids app,
- The app has been designed for kids under thirteen years of age to keep in touch with their family and friends
- The Messenger Kids app is currently available for iOS users in India and will be rolled out soon for Android users.
Facebook has a perfect solution for bored kids in quarantine. The social media giant announced on Wednesday that it is all set to roll out the Messenger Kids app, which is basically a messaging app and video chat app specifically designed for kids. Facebook has begun to roll out the app in more than 70 countries including India.
The app has been designed for kids under thirteen years of age to keep in touch with their family and friends but all these activities would be controlled by the parents. The Messenger Kids app is currently available for iOS users in India and will be rolled out soon for Android users.
Along with the launch, Facebook also announced that it would add three new features to the app that would help parents connect their kids with other children. "One of the biggest challenges we've heard from parents and kids is that it's hard to find kids' friends and connect with them in Messenger Kids, so we're adding three new options to help parents connect kids with friends," Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety, Facebook said in a blog.
So let's have a look at the three important features that would be useful for the parents as well as the children.
—The first feature that Facebook talks about it in its blog is called Supervised Friending. With this feature, the parents will allow their kids to accept and reject contact requests but will supervise the entire activity, Supervised Friending will be first rolled out in the US and will be available in other countries gradually.
Dr Lewis Bernstein, a member of Facebook's Youth Advisors, called the activity a powerful opportunity and teachable moment for parents.
"This is a powerful opportunity and teachable moment for parents to have a conversation with their kids about the life-long skill of choosing one's friends, both face to face and online. In addition to allowing parents more ways to manage their child's messaging experience, Supervised Friending develops kids' autonomy to decide who they do or don't want to connect with, while parents can observe, provide guidance and step in as necessary." Facebook quoted Dr Lewis Bernstein in its blog.
—The second feature allows parents to connect their kids to other children, teachers, coaches, etc through a group on the Messenger Kids app. Parents will get a notification every time a new member is added to the group. The feature will be first available in the US.
— The third feature gives the entire control of the app to the parents. Parents can monitor their child's activities through the Parent Dashboard. Facebook has taken the complete responsibility of protecting the privacy of the children using the app.