Facebook’s New App: “Messenger Kids”

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The app’s icon. (Picture from the app)

Most people nowadays know “Facebook” and the messaging app with it, “Messenger.” But Facebook has released a new Messenger app: “Messenger Kids.” Messenger Kids is an app for kids 13 and under to talk to family and friends, and it is controlled by a parent’s Facebook account.

This is the first time Facebook has made an app specifically for kids. When the app was in development, Facebook talked to parents and experts in child development and media.

Once this app is downloaded to a child’s iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, the parent will approve the child making a Messenger Kids account, then assign their name and approved contacts.

Currently, it is only available on iOS but will soon come to Amazon and Google Play in the months coming up.

An example of the new app. (Picture from Facebook Newsroom)

Kids will be able to send pictures, videos, or other messages to relatives or their other contacts available through the normal Messenger app. They will also have stickers and other similar things that are appropriate for them.

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Gillian Charlton, Staff Writer

Gillian Charlton is a seventh grader at Cherokee Middle School, and she is on team Endeavor. She is twelve years old, but she has only lived in Springfield,...

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6 Responses to “Facebook’s New App: “Messenger Kids””

  1. Amelia Schweitzer on December 13th, 2017 1:42 pm

    This is cool, but it’s not safe. A kid can go and talk to random strangers they aren’t supposed to be talking to. I honestly don’t think it’s safe.

  2. Reese Harrell on December 14th, 2017 9:02 am

    I agree!

  3. Makayla Trieu on December 14th, 2017 8:14 am

    It’s really creative for Facebook to make an app for kids. But, there are already many apps that kids can use to communicate with their parents. It’s also wasting data downloading another messaging app when your phone probably comes with one.

  4. TRent on December 14th, 2017 8:57 am

    This app has been out for a while

  5. Christal Rissler on December 14th, 2017 2:19 pm

    I think that this app is nice but think the parent may know someone there kid does not it would be bad.

  6. Lily swearengin on February 20th, 2018 1:46 pm

    it is cool that they would do that but it is not really safe for them they could be talking to some person that they do not even know

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