Social media giant Facebook on Monday has announced a new version of its Messenger chat app designed for children Below The Age Of 13 Called Messenger Kids, the new app does not require a Facebook account — due to federal law, users under the age of 13 cannot legally sign up for Facebook. The new chat app has been designed primarily for children with a number of parental control features bundled in.
The company highlighted that After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, we found that there’s a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.
In a blog post, Messenger Kids is full of features for kids to connect with the people they love. Once their account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat with parent-approved contacts. The home screen shows them at a glance who they are approved to talk to, and when those contacts are online.
In addition to video chat, kids can send photos, videos or text messages to their parent-approved friends and adult relatives, who will receive the messages via their regular Messenger app. A library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools lets them decorate content and express their personalities.
Facebook is launching the app today in preview with a limited rollout on iOS. This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone in USA. Facebook also stated that it will be coming to Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the coming months.
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