Facebook has announced that after substantial consultation with child safety advocates and educators across Africa, its service, Messenger Kids is finally rolling out in Africa.
Launched in December 2017, Messenger Kids is a messaging app and platform released by Facebook and designed for a young audience as a safer alternative to the Facebook Messenger platform. The platform seeks to ensure providing a service that balances parental control with features that help kids learn how to connect responsibly online.
“We know that parents are turning to technology more than ever to help their kids connect with friends and family online. With privacy, security and parental control at the heart of the app, Messenger Kids provides a safe, fun space, controlled by parents to do exactly that,”Kojo Boakye, Facebook Public Policy Director for Africa.
Messenger Kids is made for Kids but controlled by parents, the app is full of 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.
The home screen shows them at a glance who they are connected to, and when those contacts are online. Some fun features available in the app include; Playful masks, emojis and sound effects bring conversations to life.
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. The app also has a library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks, and drawing tools to let them decorate content and express their personalities.