Introducing Messenger Kids, a New App For Families to Connect | Facebook Newsroom

Introducing Messenger Kids, a New App For Families to Connect | Facebook Newsroom

She cited research that shows some 93 percent of US kids ages six to 12 have access to tablets or smartphones - and 66 percent have their own device, often using apps meant for teens and adults.

Authenticate: Then, authenticate your child's device using your own Facebook username and password.

Parents can approve people for their kids to chat with, create a mini profile for them and more.

Kids will be able to send photos, videos or other messages to relatives or other contacts accessible through the primary Messenger app, and vice versa.

"To give kids and parents a fun, safer solution, we built Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lives on kids' tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent's Facebook account".

In a collaboration with the National Parent Teacher Association on a study with more than 1,200 American parents of children under the age of 13, Facebook found three out of every five parents surveyed said their kids under 13 use messaging apps, social media or both, while 81 percent reported their children started using social media between the ages of 8 and 13.

There will also be "a library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools lets them decorate content and express their personalities".

Another user going by the name @AfrikanNerd tweeted saying "Facebook Refugees" are trying to figure out how to use Twitter. Parents control kids accounts and contacts through the Messenger Kids Controls panel in their main Facebook app.

YouTube has recently received criticism over concerns with its Kids app, which features videos tailored toward children.

There are no ads in Messenger Kids and your child's information isn't used for ads. The company is planning to roll out the app beyond iOS to the Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the upcoming months. The spokesperson said that Facebook will continue to update the enforcement of its policies depending on the types of content that Messenger Kids users report. No endorsement is implied.