Facebook is expanding its Messenger Kids in 75 more countries in an effort to provide kids a better and safer way to connect with their friends and family during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Messenger Kids app is available for under 14-years children which allows parents to control their children’s activities and keep them safe from strangers on the social network.
Messenger Kids was launched in the US in 2017, though Facebook expanded its presence to other markets in 2018 — initially with Canada and Peru and later added Mexico and Thailand. The latest announcement, however, has brought the app to a total of 75 new countries.
To make this app safer for kids and to prevent any privacy issues, Messenger Kids offers three new opt-in ways to help parents connect kids with their friends. The first one is the Supervised Friending that enables parents to choose to allow their kids to accept, reject, add, or remove contacts. Even, they have the ability to override any new contact approvals from the Parent Dashboard. This feature will be initially rolling out in the US with a gradual rollout in other countries.
Facebook has also provided the option to allow kids to be added to a group from their teachers and coaches. However, parents need to approve the adults who want to connect with their children or add them to a group on the app. Similar to the first feature, this will also initially available in the US only.
Lastly, the parents in the US, Canada, and Latin America can now choose to make their children’s names and photos visible to select users such as their kids’ contacts and their parents, the children of their Facebook friends and the children of the people they invite to download the Messenger Kids app.
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