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No message content is collected for ad targeting (same as Messenger), and there’s no in-app purchases to worry about.
Kids can block and unblock their parent-approved contacts.
Still, a reporting interface written specifically for kids lets them flag anything sketchy to a dedicated support team working 24/7.
“But the side effect will be that they use Messenger more and create family groups.” Marcus tells me he’s excited about getting his 8-year-old into the family chat alongside his 14- and 17-year-old children.
Facebook even manually sifted Giphy to build a kid-friendly version of the GIF-sharing engine.
And with childish augmented reality masks and stickers, video calls with grandma could be a lot more fun and a lot less silent or awkward.
Once the parent has authenticated it with their own account, they set up a mini-profile with their kid’s name and photo.
Then, using the Messenger Kids bookmark in the main Facebook app, parents can approve anyone who is friends with them as a contact for their kid, like aunts and uncles or godparents.