Facebook To Launch Dedicated Messenger App for Preteens

December 7, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Facebook’s age restriction meant that it was never a place for kids. But that’s slightly changing now, as the company has decided to open the doors of its Messenger services to the kids.

Facebook has launched a new version of its Messenger app, specifically for users under the age of 13. Called Messenger Kids, the new app will offer a way for preteens to perform communications with parents and friends safely.

We say safely because accounts in Messenger cannot be created by a kid alone. The app will seek for the approval of parents for both activating an account as well as to add a new contact. Kids wanting to add another kid as their contact must have approval from the parents of both the kids, in addition to the condition that the parents should also be connected in Facebook through their accounts. Messenger Kids will also omit search database of kids.

Indeed, there’s no tie-up of phone number to the account, which should also help to cut down talks and messages from strangers. Messenger Kids will also not feature any advertisements. Parents will not have to download any additional app, as everything for their kids can be accessed within the main Messenger account of theirs.

With the new app, Facebook is making it sure that it’s staying ahead in the race to include the youngest generation of internet users to the social media platform. We have seen the popularity of Facebook among teens going through a decline since the advent of services like Snapchat.

Messenger Kids will make sure that the app acts as a stepping stone for the kids to access Messenger and Facebook at a later stage. Though at present, Facebook has no interest in converting the Messenger Kids account into a Facebook account when they turn 13.

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