Nowadays, children have become accustomed to and use most social networking applications for free to chat with their friends and school mates. Therefore, parents may wish to protect their children and protect them from addiction to these applications. Also, our children might get in contact with strangers and this may post risks to their safety. Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular messaging applications and recently, it has introduced a new applications especially for kids which is a safe messaging application. Read this article to acquire some technical knowledge of the most important features of the new application for children, Messenger Kids, and know how to use and download this application.
What is Facebook Messenger kids?
On 4 December 2017, Facebook announced the implementation of a new Messenger special for children under the name of Messenger kids, and tested the first version of the application in the United States, and issued the application to users of the iOS system. You can now download the application on the iPhone and iPad free of charge and they are currently working to make the Android version available as well.
In an effort to win millions of users and children, Facebook has decided to provide Facebook Messenger for children, which is for parents who want their children to be on social networking apps, but not to communicate with adults or unwanted users.
The company stated that the accounts created by the parents of their children on the application are not available on Facebook and can not be searched for and do not provide children with the use of the social platform, while parents control everything, that is, parents control the contacts that their children can communicate with, Messages are not disappearing from Messenger and conversations remain available for viewing by parents.
Facebook Messenger kids comes with a built-in parental control mechanism. It is the parents who prepare the accounts for their children, and the children can only speak with a list of pre-prepared friends, including relatives who have an account on the regular Facebook Messenger application or selected friends by parents. The main interface of the app shows a list of names that children can talk to and show who is currently connected.
Why is it necessary to use Facebook Messenger Kids?
It is known that millions of Facebook users are children and young people. They use the social network to connect with friends and family but are at high risk of sexual exploitation and harassment. This is why this American company decided to introduce the application of Facebook Messenger Kids for iPhone and iPad.
The new app provides a better chat environment for children under the age of 13, where parents can choose contacts whom they can communicate with. Facebook Messenger kids does not offer children any ads and promises to be a safe, non-commercial platform without exploiting children’s data and showing them ads like the main Messenger, which has recently begun to show ads.
The application provides voice calls as well as video calls to children which means different modes of expression, communication and conversation.
Another advantage of the application is that messages and conversations can not be discarded and are kept for the parents to see whenever they want.
Group video calls can be made on Facebook Messenger Kids, where the screen is divided into four screens where friends can be shown and the effects can be added to the video.
Features of Facebook Messenger kids
- The child can not even add a friend to the list of friends. If parents want to add a friend, they need to send a friend request to other parents.
- The font in this application is so large that it is easy for the child to use.
- If the child decides to delete anyone from the list of friends, parents receive a message when doing so, which ensures that this application will be highly suitable for parents.
- Children do not need to create Facebook accounts to use Messenger kids, but parents need to download the application on their children’s devices and then allow the use of the application through the applications of parents and control their contacts and control the acceptance and rejection of chat invitations.
- The company assures that the use of children for this application does not mean that they have accounts on the social network, where having an account for children under the age of 13 is forbidden.
Download Facebook Messenger Kids
As I mentioned before, this application is only available for iOS devices now and not for Android. So if you would like to use this application, you can use the download link to download this application to our kids’ devices directly from app store.
Monitor Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger kids seems like a good application, but one of the problems is that this application is not available on Android for now. Also, it is a separate application form Facebook Messenger and it does not control this application. So are you looking for a way to hack Facebook and find out who your kids are talking to? The solution is a monitoring tool called Underspy which is able to track all Facebook messages. Underspy is a comprehensive monitoring tool which enables parents to keep a watchful eye on their kids and monitor all their online activities on Facebook Messenger.
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