Facebook launches a social media platform for… kids!

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Facebook brings a new generation of people into its ecosystem. On Monday 4th of December Facebook's COO and parent, Sheryl Sandberg, introduced in the USA their newest app, Messenger Kids.

Basically, Messenger Kids is a free video chat & messaging app built for kids. It provides the ability to ‘connect’ with parent-approved family and friends from a tablet or smartphone. The Kids account can be controlled from a parent’s Facebook account.

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Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she’s working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families.

Messenger Kids is full of features for kids to connect with the people they love. Once their account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat with parent-approved contacts. The home screen shows them at a glance who they are approved to talk to, and when those contacts are online. Playful masks, emojis and sound effects bring conversations to life.

In addition to video chat, kids can send photos, videos or text messages to their parent-approved friends and adult relatives, who will receive the messages via their regular Messenger app.
A library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools lets them decorate content and express their personalities.

Parents fully control the contact list and kids can’t connect with contacts that their parent does not approve. Parents control kids accounts and contacts through the Messenger Kids Controls panel in their main Facebook app.

This preview of Messenger Kids is only available in the US at this time on the Apple App Store, and will be coming to Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the coming months.

Source: newsroom.fb.com

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