Facebook expands its portfolio of applications. Today, Messenger Kids saw the light of day – a special mobile version of the most popular messenger intended for use by children between 6 and 12 years of age. The program is to be deprived of many elements known from the full version of the Messenger (including the need to have its own account on the site) and be fully controlled by the parent from his own account in the communicator.
As Facebook notes, the application is a response to the constantly decreasing age at which parents allow their children to use electronic devices on a daily basis, and at the same time are afraid of the dangers involved. The messenger for children is meant to be a guarantee that children will talk safely to chat with family members or video chat with friends, having fun with masks so well known from Snapchat.
At Messenge Kids we will not find any advertising or shopping opportunities in the application, and messages sent by children will not be used to adjust the content presented to them in any way. The communicator will also include specially selected sets of stickers, GIF animations or photo frames. Facebook boasts that several experts from many fields were involved in the creation of the application and that it complies with the COPPA Act.
The parent, in the full version of the application, has a preview of the activity of their children and the opportunity to approve new contacts. The communication was planned in such a way that the photographs or messages sent by the children to the parents were sent to the list of messages received in the classic Messenger.
The Messenger Kids app only debuts in the iOS version, and so far remains in the testing phase, available only in the United States. Soon, however, it will change, because the version for Android and for users of Amazon equipment will also be released. Do you think the program will be warmly welcomed by users and will indeed prove useful in family communication by email?