Facebook Messenger Kids now available for Android devices

Facebook Messenger Kids now available for Android devices

Other features include frames, stickers, sketch and GIFs (the ones suitable for kids) to add more fun for the children.

More than 100 child advocates and experts-including groups like the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, ACLU of MA, and Parents Across America-have called the app "irresponsible", especially in light of research indicating that excessive use of social media is detrimental to children and teens.

Potential intentions aside, others have expressed concerns that hooking kids up with their own Messenger app at a young age may have a detrimental effect on development and mental wellbeing. It's entwined with the parent's FB profiles and so they can monitor the activities and have a pre-approved list of grown-ups and kids that they can talk to through chat and video calls.

"At least seven members of Facebook's 13-person advisory board have some kind of financial tie to the company", the report said.

Messenger Kids has sparked a lot of discussions regarding the online safety of children and their potential exposure to harmful individuals. And when they do it, their parents will be notified regarding it to take further actions.

Since its launch in December 2017, Messenger Kids is facing widespread criticism for encouraging children to join social media. "Stay away from my kids please Facebook and act responsibly!"

On January 30, more than 100 child health experts urged Facebook to withdraw the app.

Facebook launched a kid-friendly version of its Messenger app a year ago called Messenger Kids.

However, some critics have accused Facebook of attempting to draw in young users who may then translate to full Facebook users in the future...doing so at a time when Facebook is incredibly unpopular among the current teenage population.