Facebook recently debuted a new app that is designed to let young kids use Messenger for video chats, messaging, and more. While the development team behind the app says that it’ll keep kids safe while they learn how to use social media, parents are not really sure if that’s the case. Facebook has had issues protecting their users’ data. Additionally, the idea of letting small children, who can barely read, use social media doesn’t sit well with some child advocacy groups. They don’t know that they need to use a people search tool to avoid strangers online. The Messenger For Kids app is brand new and currently only available on Apple devices. Let’s take a quick look at the things parents need to know about it.
It Has Safety Features
Unlike some other social media apps and gadgets, it does have some safety features that will protect your child’s privacy. Only parents can add friends, so you’ll always know who your child is talking to. You can add both relatives and friends to your child’s list. But, if you want to add one of your child’s friends to their Messenger app, you’ll need to add that child’s parent to your friends list. Then, you can add their child to your child’s friend list. It’s a great way to keep an eye on who your kid is friends with and know who their parents are. You can learn more about them by using a people search engine, too. The app also prohibits advertising, so you won’t have to worry about your child being exposed to inappropriate ads.
It Has Video Capabilities
Video chatting is a nice feature that will make it easier for your child to talk to their grandparents or other family members. They can use fun filters, draw on the screen, and add stickers to make video chats more fun.
It’s Heavily Censored
The app’s gifs, stickers, filters and more have all been thoroughly censored and edited compared to regular Facebook Messenger. Your child won’t be able to find any inappropriate material when they use it.
You Have To Create Your Child’s Page
Your child can’t create their own Facebook page. In order to use Messenger For Kids, you need to log in with your credentials, verify your information, and then create a page for your child. That means they can’t use Messenger independently. In order to see their messages, posts, and chats, you’ll need to have access to their device. However, you’ll be able to see everything they do on the app, so they can’t hide things from you. This means you’ll be able to run a people search on anyone they’re talking to.
It’s Not Foolproof
Messenger For Kids has a decent design and it is built for safety. But it’s not perfect. That’s why parents should be wary of letting kids use it unsupervised.