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Facebook Adds New Messenger Kids Parental Controls

Dave Parrack 04-02-2020

Facebook has launched a new set of parental controls for Messenger Kids. These new tools are designed to help parents “manage their child’s experience in Messenger Kids”. Which should help keep your child safe and you assured of their safety.

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A Brief History of Messenger Kids

In December 2017, Facebook launched Messenger Kids Facebook Launches Messenger Kids for Children Facebook has launched a new standalone version of Messenger aimed at kids. And it is, rather inevitably, called Messenger Kids. Read More . This is a standalone version of Messenger designed for children aged between six and 12. The idea being to give children access to Facebook before they reach 13 and can sign up for Facebook proper.

Despite the fact that parents are in charge of setting up their children’s Messenger Kids accounts, experts begged Facebook to dump Messenger Kids Experts Beg Facebook to Dump Messenger Kids Concerns about Messenger Kids have coalesced into an open letter calling on Mark Zuckerberg to shutter the app aimed at children aged between six and 12. Read More . This was due to their belief that technology and social media can be harmful to children and teenagers.

Messenger Kids has persisted, and Facebook is now improving its parental controls.

New Messenger Kids Parental Controls

Facebook announced the new Messenger Kids parental controls in a post on About Facebook. You can now see who your child is chatting with, what photos they have sent, who they have reported and blocked, and on which devices they’re using Messenger Kids.

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You can also download your child’s information, in the same way you can download your own information from Facebook. This includes “a list of your child’s contacts as well as the messages, images and videos they have sent and received.”

Parents can access these new parental controls in the Messenger Kids Parent Dashboard in the Facebook app for Android and iOS. Just tap the shortcut menu in the Facebook app and scroll to the Messenger Kids icon. Then, select the name of your child.

Download: Messenger Kids on Android | iOS

The Pros and Cons of Social Media

Facebook has also updated the Messenger Kids privacy policy to “include additional information about our data collection, use, sharing, retention and deletion practices.” This also describes features Facebook is planning to roll out to Messenger Kids in the future.

Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no doubt that social media is affecting us all in some way. And as with almost everything, there are positives and negatives involved, as we have outlined in our article looking at the pros and cons of social media The Pros and Cons of Social Media What are the pros and cons of social media? We explore both sides of the debate. Read More .

Related topics: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Parental Control, Parenting and Technology.

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