Here’s your latest Keeping Current app and website review for March and April of 2019: Messenger Kids.
Messenger Kids is a version of the Facebook Messenger app that kids can use to make free video calls and send messages on a tablet or smartphone. This app is connected to parents’ Facebook accounts, and it allows kids to connect only with parent-approved contacts. (If connecting with an adult, such as Grandma, Messenger Kids connects to the adult’s Facebook Messenger.) Videos offer interactive masks, frames, stickers, and sound effects. Messages can’t be hidden or deleted, so parents always have access to kids’ past activity.
Our Take on Messenger Kids
There are no ads in Messenger Kids, and Facebook creates all the art with kids in mind. Also, kids can report or block contacts if they feel they’re being bullied or if a parent-approved contact is being inappropriate. Because of the tight parental controls, we think it’s a pretty safe way for kids to video chat and send messages. However, as always, we recommend limiting the amount of time kids spend using mobile devices.
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