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Messenger Kids
Messenger Kids

Online safety for children is a huge concern for parents. Naturally, parents want to be sure their kids can securely communicate via the internet.

One way of achieving this goal is Messenger Kids – The Messaging App for Kids from Facebook. It’s an app that was designed for kids but with parents in control.

It’s free and features video calling and instant messaging on smartphones and tablets. As Facebook puts it, parents manage the contacts, and the kids control all the fun.

The app was custom-built for children aged six to twelve. The app’s companion website is well worth a visit to get up to speed with Messenger Kids. You should also check out the Parents Resources page for all the latest Messenger Kids news, tips, and hints.


Parent dashboard

Kid-appropriate filters, sound effects, and reactions

Set limits on usage time

Stickers, emojis, and GIFS

Drawing tools


The Messengers Kids website has a series of videos explaining the app in detail on the How It Works page.

The videos walk you through all the features of how the app keeps your kids safe. So you may wish to head over to the site first before downloading the app. There is also a comprehensive help center with answers to a swathe of FAQ.

Parents use their own Facebook account to set up and manage Messenger Kids. The parents supervise who their child can become friends with and use their Messenger account for message and video call their child. Authorized adults and friends added as contacts use their Messenger accounts.

There are four steps to getting started:

Download the app

Authorize the device your child will be using

Create the account

Customize the parental controls


No ads or in-app purchases

No phone number required

Multi-languages available

Safe environment

Sleep function

Contact blocking

You can review the history

Data deleted when the account is closed


Not available in every country

No simple way to shut off video calls when your kid should be doing homework

No screenshot or inappropriate language prevention

Some data about the child is collected

The parent needs a Facebook account

How to use

You can download Messenger Kids at Google Play, Apple’s App Store, and the Amazon App Store.

To create a Messenger Kids account, you first need to login to your Facebook account.

Messenger Kids should appear in the left-hand menu. If you can’t see it, tap See More and scroll down.

On the Messenger Kids page, click on Create Another Account. Enter the child’s first and last name, click Continue and then Create Account. Don’t forget to click Done. You can add more than one child account.

To manage your child’s account, go back to Messenger Kids, then click on the child’s name under Accounts You Manage.

Currently, some dashboard features are only accessible via the mobile app.

The Parents Dashboard includes:

Managing contacts

Managing friending

Setting up sleep mode to limit the times your child can use the app

Downloading your child’s data

Removing images

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