After Facebook messenger Kid’s first launches in the US in 2017, and then in Canada and Peru in 2018, Facebook has successfully expanded its Messenger Kids app to over 70 new countries and comes with parental control features.
Facebook expands its messenger app to over 70 seconds including India, Brazil, India, Japan, and New Zealand among the countries. This is going to be a huge start for the kid messenger app.
Aside from the original version that was introduced in the US markets, Facebook has announced a more robust feature. That shows how the kid-focused messaging app works.
One of the reasons Facebook pointed on its news blog post regarding the Kids messenger app expansion, is the fact that the millions of children around the world are having to learn remotely while schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Well, Facebook did not just expand the app to other markets but also introduced newer features and changes to how it was previously used. The most important of them all is full Parental control.
Where Parents can now manage who their kid interacts with and can monitor their child’s activity in the app through the Parent Dashboard, where they can also download their child’s information at any time.
This is totally different from the original version that limits parents’ control over their kid’s friend requests, for both invites and accepts. But Parents will be notified and can override any changes to their kid’s friend list.
Another important feature is the Groups. Kids can now create groups with their friends, but the Parent will approve a similar adult to help connect their child with other kids through a group in Messenger Kids.
The adult can be a teacher, coach, or another parent to manage a group chat with their children in it. Only the approved adults can only connect kids whose parents have also granted this adult the same approval.
Lastly, parents in the US, Canada, and Latin America can opt-in to make their kids’ names and profile photos visible to friends of friends. It is the parents to make their kid’s name and profile photo visible to friends of their kid’s contacts and their parents, kids of the parent’s Facebook friends.
After its first original launch, Facebook messengers for kids weren’t doing well, errors, and facing some outrage from US Senators. However, the messenger Kids will start rolling out in the new markets starting today. It is available on both Android and iOS.