Monday, 16 July, 2018

Facebook Messenger Kids comes to Android via Google Play

Facebook Messenger Kids now available for Android devices Facebook Messenger KidsMore
Theresa Hayes | 16 February, 2018, 02:48

Apart from the social media website that is run by the company, Facebook also launched the texting app known as Facebook Messenger.

Facebook launched a kid-friendly version of its Messenger app past year called Messenger Kids. Messenger Kids has sparked a lot of discussions regarding the online safety of children and their potential exposure to harmful individuals.

But Facebook claims that it as an easier and safer way for kids to video chat and message with family and friends when they can't be together in person, and said the product had been co-developed with parents, kids and experts.

Kids using Messenger Kids aren't required to have a Facebook account to use the app, and Facebook's ensured that it took the privacy of its younger uses seriously when creating it.

In there efforts to connect everyone on the planet, Facebook has today launched a new messaging app for kids, but before you get excited it's only available in the US.

However more than 100 child development experts, health advocacy groups, educators, and parents have called on Facebook to shut down Messenger Kids. The app has been available on both iOS, as well as through the Amazon app store for their Fire branded tablets since last month, and now Facebook has decided it's time for Android in general. At best, Facebook is doing just what it says: it's providing a secure chat experience for young folks under 13 - while also setting them on a very direct course to continue using Facebook. It's entwined with the parent's FB profiles and so they can monitor the activities and have a pre-approved list of grown-ups and kids that they can talk to through chat and video calls.