Managing Screen Time: Safety and Control Features of Messenger Kids

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As we talked about in my last post, Messenger Kids has so many fun features for kids!

I’m also super pleased with all of the safety and control features! It’s so great that it’s fun for kids, while giving parents control over the child’s experience, which comes from its amazing setup. Messenger Kids is a free video calling and messaging app designed for kids to connect with close friends and family from their tablet or smartphone. They can only connect with parent-approved contacts, which creates a safe and more controlled environment. The app is free and can be downloaded in the Apple, Android, or Amazon Fire app stores.

Managing screen time? Messenger Kids is a messaging and video calling app built from the ground up with kids in mind, and parents in complete control. #ad

You create an account for your child by adding their name – know that this does not create a Facebook account for your child! After download and installation, hand the phone or tablet back to your child and they can start chatting safely with only family and friends that you approve. This is the first messaging and video calling app built from the ground up with kids in mind, and parents in control. There are many fun features and safety features, which makes parents super happy!

Managing Screen Time: Safety and Control Features of Messenger Kids:

  • The Parent Portal in your main Facebook app has parental controls. From there, you can monitor who your kids chat and text with by adding and approving contacts and setting on and off times through their Sleep Mode feature.

  • When the app is in sleep mode, parents can set a designated off time in which kids cannot send or receive messages or video calls. They also can’t play with the creative camera or receive notifications. The app will “go to sleep” and not be accessible to kids during that time. If they try to open the app, they’ll get a message to come back later.

  • Parents can control the app’s contact list and can also remove contacts at any time.

  • If parents would like to check in, messages don’t disappear and can’t be hidden.

  • Kids can report or block contacts, and they can also report inappropriate content. If they do report something, you as their parent are notified.

  • The app works on all tablets and smartphones.

  • Also, there are no ads in Messenger Kids!

  • No phone number is needed for the app, you only need Wi-Fi.

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  • Messenger Kids was built to give parents more control, while giving kids a safe and fun experience.

  • I think that this app is a wonderful way to introduce kids into the digital world.

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Ready to try out Messenger Kids? Find out more info on their website and Facebook page, then download Messenger Kids in the App Store!

So, which safety feature is most important to you?

7 Ways to Involve Our Daughters in Social Justice Issues

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My daughter, Scarlet, is already pretty politically-minded.

I always make #ScarletForPresident jokes because of the stuff that’s come out of her mouth since she was a toddler! In some ways, I want to keep her young and protected from the news of the world, but in other ways, I’m happy she’s precocious about social justice issues. She has passion and fire and that’s what we need in the next generation. I think there’s a balance to skate here – and reading WordFire Press’ Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine made me realize that if your child is showing a propensity for learning and helping others, you can nurture it in a slow and comfortable way.

And that is just what I’ll do!

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As a woman and a mother, I think we’re at an interesting point in history right now. And I think about our daughters today and what kind of future they’ll have, and how we can help shape it. So I wrote a list to myself, and YOU!

7 Ways to Involve Our Daughters in Social Justice Issues:

1 – This starts early – but make sure your children have diverse choices when it comes to their toys, books and TV and movies. And let your loved ones know too. My kids have school teachers for aunts, uncles, and great uncles, and the amazing books they’ve received over the years have taken my breath away. All beautiful and inspiring and age-appropriate too. I’m critical with my kids’ toys. I like to make sure what they play with represents different identities and perspectives.

2 – When your child asks the tough questions, which they will, use this as a teaching moment. I can’t tell you the questions we’ve gotten in the last few years – especially with Des being in first grade now and seeing more of the world at school and with trips to NYC and beyond. When they ask questions about other people, loudly, it’s natural to feel embarrassed. Instead of quieting them, take it as a great moment to tactfully explain – or expand upon – diversity.

3 – Make social justice a family affair. Whether your kids volunteer once a week or once a month, or only around the holidays, support this. Let them know they’re helping to make the world bigger and brighter. And join them as well.

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4 – Let your child have a voice, and truly listen. I remember being a kid and feeling powerless around adults, but my parents really did listen to me – even when I said the most outlandish things! It changed the way I viewed and respected other adults, but ultimately I still think they were in the right for showing so much support and respect for us. Your child’s perspectives will help you learn more about them, and how they see the world.

5 – Talk to your kids about current events in an age-appropriate and friendly way. Not sure how to do this? These days it’s impossible to shut out the news of the world from them. This can be a learning experience with an honest and open conversation. And you can be the one to ease their fears – which is better than leaving them unspoken.

6 – Change their knowledge of history. My town is a unique one, and my daughter has learned a lot of true history since kindergarten, but make sure to fill in the gaps that school is missing, concerning black, LGBT, and indigenous populations, heroes, and histories. And if you see or hear something that concerns you, say something.

7 – Teach them to be a Danielle! You all know how much I adored Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine. It hit me hard.. right in the heart. So many lessons to learn there.

It teaches us how to be, and how to teach our kids to be. And what are those messages? Be Smart, Be Kind. Inspire your children to dream big, pursue their passions, and be kind to others along the way. Anyone can change the world. Teach your kids that you don’t have to be an adult to change the world. Learn by Doing. Inspire your children to care about world issues and create change. Pursue Your Passion. Encourage your kids that you can do anything you set your mind to.

Raise your voice. Teach your children that their voice matters and to fight for what they believe in.

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