Description: Designed specifically for kids “ages 9-11,” Facebook is attempting to create a social media platform that complies with COPPA (doesn’t violate privacy of kids), gives parents a wide set of controls, while likely grooming kids to love Facebook as adults. If you use Facebook Messenger as an adult, then you’ll recognize Messenger Kids as a retooled version of what you’re already familiar with, complete with kid-friendly emoji’s, GIFS, stickers, filters, on-screen writing, video calling, and more. It works on all iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) for now – an Android app has been promised soon.
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Category: Social Networking
APP Store rating: 4 +
Here are the set-up screens, giving me parental control and explanations at every step.
For parents who want a safer social media platform that provides a training ground for more adult apps like Instagram and Snapchat, then honestly, Messenger Kids is great. This stance will likely surprise many of our followers, but as an interim step between SMS texting and a full-blown, unmonitored social media experience, we think Messenger Kids is great. If you’re a parent who’s absolutely opposed to any early social media exposure, that’s completely fine and this app isn’t for you. But, for certain parents, it’s nice to now have options!
At Protect Young Eyes, we are on the verge of releasing a streaming curriculum that teaches media savvy kids and their families how to honor God with technology. It’s called Virtue in Media, and it will include videos for schools, church youth groups, and parents to use with kids about relevant digital topics (pornography, predators, bullies, image, etc.). Want to be the first to know when Virtue in Media is ready? Leave your email on the landing page by clicking here.