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Facebook's new Messenger Kids feature

Facebook's new Messenger Kids feature

Facebook have announced a new Messenger Kids.

The social media giant want to bring their messenger feature to the young generation and has worked on a special Kids app, which allows parents to control what their children experiences on the app.

They announced on Facebook: "Today, we're excited to introduce Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends when they can't be together in person. Millions of parents are part of Messenger community and they asked us for controllable solutions that let them message with their children.

"We heard that they were looking for better apps for their children to use and from there, we worked directly with parents and kids along with experts in child development, online safety and children's media to help build our first app for kids. Messenger Kids is 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's working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families. Plus, it's FUN for kids to use!"

The app also comes with "engaging and interactive features" for children.

They added: "Messenger Kids is full of engaging and interactive features for kids to connect with the people they love. Once their account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat with parent-approved contacts. The home screen shows them at a glance who they are approved to talk to, and when those contacts are online.

"In addition to video chat, kids can send photos, videos or text messages to their parent-approved friends and adult relatives, who will receive the messages via their regular Messenger app. And, a library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools lets them decorate their content and express their personalities."

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