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.
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.
- 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.