• Allison McMIllian

Facebook releases Messenger app for kids

Facebook has introduced a Messenger that is completely safe for children and contains parental control. As of right now, the app is only available on Apple's IOS, but Facebook does plan on releasing it to Android.

The Messenger is used through a parent's Facebook account. The parent has control of who can send messages to the app or whom the child can send messages to, through the contacts that the parents add. It works just like the regular Messenger, but it contains no ads.

"There are no ads in Messenger Kids and your child's information isn't used for ads," Cheng wrote.

The child can send videos, pictures, and regular text. He or she may also video chat a number of people from the contacts or one-on-one, Facebook product Management Director Loren Cheng explained in a blog post. Kids can also use face filters, similar to the ones on Snapchat. There is also a kid friendly library for GIF's, stickers, and other similar extensions.

Facebook created the app using input from parents and "expert advisers in the areas of child development, online safety, and children's media and technology." The app is compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (CCOPPA).