Facebook has launched its child-friendly Messenger Kids app on the Google Play Store for users in the United States. Android is the last major mobile platform to have received Messenger Kids, following iOS, and its arrival on Amazon Fire devices. The major selling point for the applications is that parents have full control over the contact list, and messages can’t be hidden, meaning parents can easily review conversations.
According to Facebook, creating an account on Messenger Kids does not set up a Facebook account for the child, instead parents and guardians use their own Facebook accounts to authorise their child’s Messenger Kids accounts. From there, parents can fully control the allowed contacts on the contact list, and the child can block any contacts too. If the child submits a report about inappropriate content, the parent or guardian will be notified too.
Children using Messenger Kids have access to appropriate stickers, GIFs, frames and emoji including the Valentine’s day ones that recently launched. One-on-one and group calls are allowed through the app, with access to fun, interactive masks; and the in-built camera function lets children create videos and decorate photos to share with family and friends.
The app is now available via the Play Store for users running Android 4.4+ in the U.S.