Social media giant Facebook helps parents worry less over their children using the platform with the launch of its Messenger Kids in the Philippines.

Messenger Kids is a new video chatting and messaging app from Facebook which aims to provide kids ages 6 to 12 a safe social space and parent-controlled digital environment.

Designed in partnership with Youth Advisors, a group of advocates, educators, and experts focusing on online safety, child development, and media, Messenger Kids allows parental control and teaches kids responsible social media use.

Kid-friendly features include:

  • Playful masks, emojis, and sound effects bring conversations to life.
  • 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.
  • A library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks, and drawing tools that lets young users decorate content and express their personalities.
  • Parents can manage the contact list and have visibility into how their kids are using the app. Parents control kids’ accounts and contacts through the Messenger Kids Parent Dashboard on their main Facebook iOS and Android app

Messenger Kids also complies with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) of the United States.

Parents and children can now download the app either from Apple’s App Store or Google Play for free. For more information about the app, visit messengerkids.com.

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