Facebook’s Messenger app for kids which was launched in December only for iOS, has roll out on Android devices in the U.S. Facebook made it available for Amazon Fire tablets last month. Facebook’s Messenger Kids Arrives on Android.
Facebook’s Messenger app for Kids gives parents the control over who their kids talk to, allowing them to add or delete contacts, and sends them notifications if their children report or block anyone they have been chatting with.
Facebook’s Messenger Kids Arrives on Android
The app provides to kids a way to text or video chat with their friends and family while offering all of the visual fun of GIFs, frames, emojis and masks. The most interesting thing is that kids don’t need a Facebook account to use it, only their parents do.
However more than 100 child development experts, health advocacy groups, educators, and parents have called on Facebook to shut down Messenger Kids. They urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to pull the plug on the video chat app, citing research that suggests social media can have a detrimental impact on a child’s healthy development in early life.
But Facebook claims that it as an easier and safer way for kids to video chat and message with family and friends when they can’t be together in person, and said the product had been co-developed with parents, kids and experts. You can download the Messenger Kids app in the Google Play Store.
However, child development experts, health advocacy groups and educators still think that Messenger Kids is not perfect by any means.