Updated: Oct 13, 2020
Today, Facebook released Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends. Working with thousands of parents, non-profits like LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute (LGBT Tech), and parenting experts in the US, Facebook found there was a demand for a messaging app that let kids connect with important family and friends but with a level of control that parents want.
To give kids and parents a fun, safer solution, Facebook built Messenger Kids as a standalone app that lives on kids’ tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent’s Facebook account. Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she is working late, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families. This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone.
We feel it is important to note, Facebook has made it clear that Messenger Kids is an ad-free app and the information is not used for ads in any way. Messenger Kids is also designed to be compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).
LGBT Tech is continuing to explore the new app launched by Facebook and make sure all LGBTQ youth, parents and community leaders have the opportunity to highlight insight about the app.