Facebook Messenger Kids was launched in December last year. As the name suggests, it’s an iteration of the popular cross-platform messaging app that’s aimed at kids. It’s a standalone child-friendly version of the popular Messenger app that has enhanced parental controls which enable parents to supervise their kids’ use of the app. The Facebook Messenger Kids app is now available on Amazon Fire tablets.

The good thing about this app is that kids don’t have sign up for a Facebook account in order to use this app. They don’t need a Facebook account at all to use Messenger Kids. However, the parent needs to configure the app with their own Facebook account because without that they can’t set up the child’s Messenger Kids account.

The Messenger Kids account only requires the child’s first and last name. This doesn’t create a Facebook account for them and their name is also not publicly searchable. Facebook doesn’t serve any ads in Messenger Kids. It works via Wi-Fi so no phone number is linked to it as well.

The app has enhanced parental controls which let parents place limits on messages and video calls to approved family and friends. No new contacts can be added without the parents’ approval. Kids can have group or one-on-one chats with approved contacts with age-appropriate GIFs, emojis, frames, interactive masks, Facebook reactions, and more.

Those who own an Amazon Fire tablet, often an affordable option for parents looking to buy an entry-level tablet for their kids, can now download Messenger Kids for free.

Filed in Tablets. Read more about Apps, Facebook and Facebook Messenger. Source: engadget

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