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Messenger Kids Is Now Available on Amazon Tablets

Dave Parrack 10-01-2018

Messenger Kids is now available on the Amazon Appstore, meaning children can now use the latest Facebook app on their Amazon Fire Tablet. The Fire Tablet is seen as a child-friendly tablet thanks to its durability and affordability. So this is a sensible decision by Facebook.


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 in December as an app aimed at children aged between six and 12. This is because Kids under 13 aren’t legally allowed to sign up for a Facebook account. Messenger Kids was initially only available on iOS, but it’s now available on Amazon too.

A Child-Friendly Version of Facebook

For the uninitiated amongst you, Messenger Kids is essentially Facebook for tweens. It’s a child-friendly version of Facebook that “lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want”. Because we all want our kids connecting with people online, obviously.

Parents are given complete control over the app; downloading it, signing in using their own Facebook login details, and even managing contacts. There’s one-on-one group chat, child-friendly masks, emojis, and GIFs, and the ability for kids to send photos, videos, and messages.

While it was exclusively available on iOS at launch, Facebook stated it would be coming to Android and Amazon. And, as noticed by TechCrunch, it has now arrived on Amazon. Unfortunately for our international readers (between the ages of six and 12!) it’s still only available in the U.S.

Facebook Wants to Hook Them Young

Messenger Kids garnered a mixed response at launch. Some parents welcomed the chance to introduce children to the world of social networking How To Get Kids To Use Facebook Responsibly Over the last few weeks, news hit the Internet that Facebook is looking at ways to allow kids under 13 to use Facebook under parental supervision. For quite some time now, Facebook has required all... Read More in a controlled environment. However, other parents felt this was just an attempt to hook children into using Facebook at a young age.


Launching Messenger Kids on the Amazon Appstore is unlikely to change these parents’ minds. In fact, given the number of parents who have bought Fire Tablets for their children it’s only going to make more children badger their parents until they download and install the app.

What do you think of Messenger Kids? Will you be letting your child use the app? Or would you prefer they stay off social networking sites completely until they’re 13? Do you or your children own an Amazon Fire Tablet? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Related topics: Amazon, Amazon Appstore, Facebook, Parenting and Technology.

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