What Is Facebook Messenger for Kids? Find Out...Back
Facebook has launched Messenger Kids for iOS, a more secure version of the messaging app for children aged 6-12. The app doesn't require the child to sign up for a Facebook account and hides the child from any sort of public searches. Find out more about the app here.
- If you want to give your kid access to Messenger Kids, first download the app on your child's iOS device. Open the app and then follow the prompts, which include logging in to your personal Facebook account and creating your child's Messenger Kids account.
- After you've created your child's account, hand the device to your child so he or she can complete setup – selecting an app color and taking a profile picture. You are added as a contact for your child by default. To add more contacts, open Facebook on your iOS or Android device, tap on the three-line button, then find Messenger Kids.
- Each account you manage will show up in this section. Select an account to view current contacts and to approve or deny contact requests. A list of contact options will show up. Add or send requests by tapping on the appropriate button.
- When you send a request to another child, an alert will not go to the child's device. Instead, the parent will receive a request with details about who manages the child's account and if there are any mutual contacts. You will need to be Facebook friends with the parent of any child your child wants to add. At any time, you can revisit the Messenger Kids section of your Facebook app to view your child's contact list, and if necessary, delete any contacts.
- Beyond this approach to adding contacts, Messenger Kids acts a lot like Facebook Messenger does for adults. Your child can send and receive messages with one contact or in groups, and video chat works in the same way. Stickers, GIFs, and animated messages are also available.
- Note that Facebook will collect data about your child and how he or she uses the app, contacts, and device(s) used to access Messenger Kids. That data may be shared with third-parties to help improve Messenger Kids. A parent can delete a child's Messenger Kids account, including all information stored about the child. Facebook says that the information collected during use will not be used for ads.
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