Facebook has launched Messenger Kids – a standalone, kid-friendly version of Messenger that allows parents to control who their children are able to communicate with. Sounds a little authoritarian, no doubt, but this would arguably be better than leaving your children exposed to the deviants that are lurking out there.
Besides, apart from the executive control that parents have over the contact list of their children, everything else about Messenger Kids is pretty much similar to the standard Messenger app. Kids will be able to send messages, participate in video calls, send photos and videos, and better express themselves using the library of kid-friendly GIFs, frames, stickers, emojis, masks, and drawing tools that are at their disposal.
Messenger Kids is currently being previewed in the U.S. and is only available on iOS devices. It can be downloaded for free on the Apple App Store, and is completely devoid of ads and in-app purchases. Facebook says Messenger Kids will be on the Amazon App Store and Google Play “in the coming months.”