By Elizabeth Perkin 12/5/17
Facebook has launched a messaging app allowing children to chat with their parents and friends approved by their parents.
Messenger Kids is aimed at those 13 and younger, who under Facebook’s rules can’t have an account yet, even though they often do. It was released in the U.S. on Monday for Apple products. Other versions are expected to be released at a later date.
The free app comes with many parent friendly controls. It won’t allow the child to add their own friends or delete their messages, letting parents see what their children are doing on the app. The app is an extension of a parent’s account, so the kids don’t need to have their own Facebook account.