No sighn up adult chats
It’s important to understand that kids under 13 still can’t sign up for a Facebook account.
Instead, parents download the Messenger Kids app to a child’s i Phone or i Pad (Android coming soon).
When children open the Messenger Kids app, they’ll see a color-customizable home screen with big tiles representing their existing chat threads and approved contacts, with their last message and the last time they were online.
From there, kids can dive instantly into a video chat or text thread with their contacts.
Sometimes after 5 or 10 minutes it’s really hard to have a sustained conversation with a 7-year-old,” but kids can joke around with Grampa using the selfie filters when they run out of run-on stories to tell them.
But the app could prime kids to become lifelong Facebook users, and lock their families deeply into the platform where they’ll see ads.No message content is collected for ad targeting (same as Messenger), and there’s no in-app purchases to worry about.Kids can block and unblock their parent-approved contacts.Facebook even manually sifted Giphy to build a kid-friendly version of the GIF-sharing engine.And with childish augmented reality masks and stickers, video calls with grandma could be a lot more fun and a lot less silent or awkward.