Messenger Kids

Rating Messenger Kids - 4 out of 5 - Good Rating 4.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 16+
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About Messenger Kids

Facebook’s Messenger Kids is a video calling and messaging app designed with children in mind. “Messenger Kids” lets parents download the app on their child’s phone or tablet, create a profile for them and approve friends and family with whom they can text and video chat from the main Messenger app. Messenger Kids is available for free to download on iOS and Android devices.

Messenger Kids Review

What is Messenger Kids?

Facebook’s Messenger Kids is a video calling and messaging app designed with children in mind. Kids can keep in touch with selected friends and family members, and make use of fun features such as stickers, filters, and drawing tools. Messenger Kids is a free app where you have full control and can keep a close eye on conversations between your children and their buddies. 

Messenger Kids gives children the freedom to chat with companions online using a WiFi connection. The Messenger Kids app aims to give parents a degree of control over how their children use internet messaging, without being overly restrictive.

Is Messenger Kids safe?

This app is targeted at children under 13 years of age, but as parents you need to decide if you are comfortable letting your children use this messaging tool. Messenger Kids does collect data (although the app is COPPA compliant), so read up thoroughly before deciding whether to let your child join. 

How does Messenger Kids work?

Facebook requires children to be at least 13 before they can open an account, so how can they use the kids’ chat application before that?

Here’s the workaround: Messenger Kids doesn’t require your child to have a Facebook account or telephone number, as it uses your login credentials to authenticate your child’s device. As a parent, you download the Messenger Kids app onto your child’s phone or tablet, then authorize the download through your own Facebook app. This link to your child’s Messenger Kids application will allow you to have a certain amount of control over how your child interacts on the app.

What do kids like about Messenger Kids?

Kids love messaging apps for the very same reason you do – it’s an opportunity to socialize! Children love engaging with their friends list on Messenger Kids. The app also has a group chat feature, which allows children to stay part of the conversation and not feel left out, whether it’s with friends or family members. They can also make use of a wide range of stickers, filters, and drawing tools designed with kids in mind.

Pros

  • Full parental control
  • Smooth live video chat
  • Sleep mode
  • No ads

Cons

  • Can't share links
  • Takes time to set up properly

Other features of Messenger Kids include:

  • No ads or in-app purchases
  • No “delete” functionality (kids can’t get rid of messages or chats)
  • A log of all images they have sent or received
  • A log of all the time they spend in the app 
  • Time limit restrictions

As a parent, you might also hesitate to allow your child to use social media apps for kids. While Messenger Kids is a much more restricted version of Facebook’s regular Messenger service, problems associated with social media use, such as addiction, could be a concern. One way to combat this type of problem would be to create a list of rules and boundaries surrounding use of Messenger Kids, and to use a parental control tool to set screen time limits, encouraging your child to engage online in a healthy way. 

Whether you want your kids to chat with their friends that are in a different city or want to create a safe environment for them to learn how to use technology, here is the list of texting apps for kids.

App Details

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Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Topics

Skills

Communication Skills

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Facebook, Inc.

Download Messenger Kids

You can download Messenger Kids on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the Messenger Kids app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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