Amidst COVID-19 lockdown, the popular social media platform Facebook has now decided to expand the reach of its Messenger Kids app to more countries along with new features. The company has announced to launch the kids focus messaging service to more than 70 countries including India.
Facebook launched the Messenger Kids initially in the US in the year 2017 followed by Canad and Perur in the year 2018. From now on, the Messenger kids will be available for download via App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore in selected regions or iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and all Android devices.
While expanding the reach to the other countries the company states, “With schools closed and people physically distancing, parents are turning to technology more than ever to help their kids connect with friends and family. Messenger Kids is a video chat and messaging app that helps kids connect with friends and family in a fun, parent-controlled space. Today, we’re starting to roll out Messenger Kids to more countries and we’re adding new choices for parents to connect kids with friends. Starting today, kids in more than 70 new countries around the world can use Messenger Kids, with more coming soon.”
In India Facebook and WhatsApp are the most popular apps being widely used by almost everyone. With the latest announcement, Messenger Kids is focused messaging service will now be available in more than 70 countries including India, Brazil, Japan among others.
Facebook is also teasing how the Messenger Kids app will work and how the parents can use the platform to allow their kids to learn remotely as their schools and educational institutions are closed due to coronavirus. Now the children will be able to manage their contact list under their parent’s supervision. Earlier the parents used to invite and approve every contact for their child with the fresh update using the parents can choose to allow their kids to also accept, reject, add or remove contacts, while maintaining the ability to override any new contact approvals from the Parent Dashboard. When the child approves or rejects friends invite in Messenger Kids their parents will be notified via Messenger, also they can keep a tab on their recent activities by going to Parent Dashboard. The Supervised Friending feature is being rolled out in the US and will gradually reach other markets.
The children will be able to connect through groups and the feature allows parents the choice to approve a similar adult to help connect their child with other kids through a group in Messenger Kids. The approved adults can only connect to kids until their parents have granted the adult the same approval. The teachers, coaches, parents and other leaders will be able to access this feature. Once connected through a group in Messenger Kids, kids will also be able to chat with each other individually. Kids can also leave groups they’re added to at any time. From now on the parents can also choose to make the kid’s name and profile photo visible to friends of their kid’s contacts and their parents, kids of the parent’s Facebook friends, and kids of people parents invite to download the Messenger Kids app.
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