Facebook has just introduced Messenger Kids, a new app for kids … and families to connect. I was a bit dubious about this at first but parents do have a lot of control and it doesn’t give your kid a facebook account, you still have to be over 13 for that. I thought it might be helpful to bypass all the fluff about it and just show you How do Parents set up Facebooks New Messenger Kids.
Just quickly though…
What is Facebooks New Messenger Kids
Firstly its a new Facebook messenger app just for kids which controlled via a parents Facebook account, so unlikely to be hacked. Unless the kids know your password, which I’m sure some kids do know their parents passwords. Maybe this will help. I’m sure every safety feature you can think of has been added after Youtube has been forced to toughen up its rules to protect families.
Today, parents are increasingly allowing their children to use tablets and smartphones, but often have questions and concerns about how their kids use them and which apps are appropriate. So when we heard about the need for better apps directly from parents during research and conversations with parents, we knew we needed to develop it alongside the people who were going to use it, as well as experts who could help guide our thinking.
So, once its set up your kids can video chat with parent-approved contacts – using emojis, sound effects and playful masks. Your kids can always send photos, videos and text messages to approved friends and relatives. Who will receive these messages via the normal messenger.
How do Parents set up Facebooks New Messenger Kids
Every child account on Messenger Kids must be set up by a parent. For parents, setting your child up with a Messenger Kids account is done in four steps:
- Download: First, download the Messenger Kids app on your child’s iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone from the App Store. Or here > Messenger Kids
- Authenticate: Then, authenticate your child’s device using your own Facebook username and password. This will not create a Facebook account for your child or give them access to your Facebook account.
- Create an account: Finish the setup process by creating an account for your child, where all you’ll need to do is provide their name. Then the device can be handed over to the child so they can start chatting with the family and friends you approve.
- Add contacts: To add people to your child’s approved contact list, go to the Messenger Kids parental controls panel in your main Facebook app. To get there, click on “More” on the bottom right corner in your main Facebook app, and click “Messenger Kids” in the Explore section.
You’ll be pleased to know that Messenger Kids has no ads and no in-app purchases. Oh and its only out in the US right now….
What do you think about this new app, will you be letting your kids on it…