Facebook deploys Messenger for Kids in Australia – Pickr
Need a way for kids to stay in touch with friends and family while in isolation? Facebook Messenger might have a way.
Staying connected without being physically present can be easy when you’re an adult, but less so if you’re a child. No way to talk to your friends is likely to be easy, so have a thought for the little ones desperate to hook up, and always ask your phone to do so.
If you have a spare device like a budget phone or tablet, or maybe even a used device, you might have already set up the smaller ones on a chat system.
However, if you have been reluctant to do so so far, it may be because chat and messaging systems designed for adults are not designed for children, and therefore might allow your children to. start talking more easily to your random friends. It’s hardly in everyone’s best interest, so a messaging system that you can apply a parental touch to is a good approach.
Facebook is launching one in Australia this week, a few years after trying the concept in the United States and Canada. In 2017, Facebook launched Messenger Kids, which is essentially a redesigned version of the Facebook Messenger platform, but specifically aimed at little ones ages 6 to 12. Technically, there’s nothing stopping the younger ones from using the platform, and you can get your two years old using Messenger Kids, with the same approach being applied here.
This approach is a version of Facebook Messenger designed to be a bit more colorful and with parent-approved contact lists, where your kids get their own Messenger account, but you – the parent – have to approve who they can. speak. It could be you, your partner, your relatives or even children belonging to friends, as these accounts will be retrieved by Messenger Kids during the account setup.
Ultimately, Messenger Kids basically creates an account system that lets you designate who your kids talk to and who they can play with with masks, filters, and emojis in the online environment.
Parents also won’t need the Messenger Kids app to play and will just receive the message through the normal Messenger app like they would any other message.
Essentially, Messenger Kids uses the same platform, but just locks in who your kids can talk to and makes everything a bit more colorful and fun.
Part of this playfulness comes from virtual games like raising a pet, drawing things and guessing what gets drawn, and learning healthy habits, when it can just apply filters and masks on the device. photo and take funny selfies.
As for how parents set it up, they’ll need to download the app to a phone or tablet for their kids and then sign in briefly using their Facebook Messenger account. Don’t worry, kids won’t have access to your account; rather, it’s an initial setup to associate with you as a parent and designate who they can talk to.
Once that’s done and the setup is right, your child can digitally talk to their friends and family. From there, how often you choose to let them use the messaging platform depends on your choices as a parent, with screen time likely playing a role.
Messenger Kids is available now, however, available for Android and iOS.