Things you need to know about Facebook’s Messenger kids

Along with the parents, authorized guardians such as grandparents, can video chat and message with their kids through their Messenger app. No additional app download is needed for the parents. Messenger kids allow the kids to the message and video call using the WiFi, so a phone number is not required.

Latest app of Facebook’s is designed primarily for your kids to message family and friends members. Facebook has announced Messenger kids; a closed down messaging app for children having age 6-12. The app doesn’t need the child to sign up for a Facebook account. It solely relies on the parent to add any contacts and hides the child from any kind of public searches on the social network.

  • It is ‘OK’ to be Skeptical

Facebook knows a lot about every one of us. From the crazy algorithms to identify people you may know. To precisely targeting users with the ads- It is quite easy to be skeptical of Facebook’s intentions with Messenger kids. Messenger Kids Privacy Policy has been posted on Facebook.

Be sure to read through the policy before signing up your child and make sure there is nothing you can object to. The essence of this policy is, Facebook will collect data about your child and how do they use the app, contacts, and device used to access Messenger kids. That data “may” be shared with the third parties to help improve the Messenger kids. A parent can even delete the child’s Messenger kids account, which will include all the information stored about the child. Facebook is clear in its announcement that no ads are in the Messenger Kids and the information collected during the use will not be used for the ads.

  • Initial setup

You need to download Messenger Kids on your child’s iPOS device to get started. The version of Android is out. Open the ‘App’ and then follow the prompts which will include logging into your facebook account and creating your child’s Messenger Kids account. After you have created the account of your child, Messenger kids will instruct you to hand over the device to your child so that he or she can complete the setup. The child has to select an app color and take a profile picture.

  • Adding contacts

You will be added as the contact for your child to message with, by default. To add more contacts, open the Facebook on your iOS or the Android device and tap on the three-line button. Then find  Messenger kids in the list. Each of the accounts you manage will show up in this section, select an account to view the current contacts and to approve or deny the requests of contacts. A list of family members will show up as the option of contacts. Followed by the ‘Fellow Messenger Kids’ Accounts’ that belong to your Facebook contacts. ‘Add’ or ‘send’ the requests by clicking on the appropriate button next to the name of each contact.  An alert will not go to your child’s device. The parents instead will receive a request with details about who is a managing account of the child and if there are any mutual contacts.

  • After that, it’s still ‘Messenger.’

Even after a strict approach to adding contacts. Messenger kids act a lot like the Facebook Messenger does for adults. Your child can receive and send messages with a lone contact or in groups, and video chat works the same way. GIFs, Stickers and animated messages are also available. The long list of Messenger apps adults has access to are unavailable.

John Martin is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Samuel has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as norton.com/setup.

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