Kids will be able to send photos, videos or other messages to relatives or other contacts accessible through the primary Messenger app, and vice versa.
The Messenger Kids app can be controlled by a parent from their Facebook account and it has been co-developed by Facebook with parents, experts as well as kids. And in the event a child is harassed or exposed to banned content in Messenger Kids, the burden falls in part on Facebook's human moderators to act.
With so many people starting to rely on Messenger as their main form of communication, a lot of people are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
She cited research that shows some 93 percent of USA kids ages six to 12 have access to tablets or smartphones - and 66 percent have their own device, often using apps meant for teens and adults.
Messenger Kids is full of features for kids to connect with the people they love.
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In a company blog post, Antigone Davis - public policy director and global head of safety at Facebook - wrote that the media site has been working on the product for the past 18 months, working closely with leading child development experts, parents and educators.
It's called "Messenger Kids" and it will allow children between the ages of 6 and 12 who are too young to get a Facebook account-to chat with friends.
Download: First, download the Messenger Kids app on your child's iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone from the App Store.
Parents are the ones who create the account, since you can't technically have a Facebook unless you're 13.
The Messenger Kids app is now only available in the United States and can be downloaded on iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone from the App Store. Plus, it follows all the rules of COPPA, the law that protects children's online privacy. Then the device can be handed over to the child so they can start chatting with the family and friends you approve. No endorsement is implied.