As the name implies, this is Facebook Messenger designed for kids. According to Facebook, “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.”
This means that kids can only chat with those who have been pre-approved by their parents, so chatting to weird strangers on the internet, at least through Messenger, will not be a danger they’ll have to worry about. The app will also come with fun features like filters, emojis, and sound effects, along with the ability to video chat.
Parents who are interested in checking it out can download the app from the iTunes App Store (the preview is currently only available for iOS). They will also have to authenticate it using their own account, but Facebook notes that this won’t result in a separate Facebook account made for your child.