Facebook just rolled out a new Messenger For Kids app. It’s only available on Apple devices right now, which is great if you already have one with an iPhone spy. But, Facebook is in the process of creating an Android version. Parents have divided opinions about this social media app. Facebook Messenger For Kids is designed for children ages 6-12, which is pretty young. Some parents don’t want their young children to use social media before they’re even in first grade. But others think it’s a great way to teach kids how to use social media responsibly from a young age. So here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of this app, so parents can decide for themselves if their kids should use it or not:
The development team spent a lot of time designing an interface that will allow parents to have total control over who their kids interact with. The only way that people can be added to their child’s Messenger account is for the parent to add them, or their parent, to their own friends list. Then, they can give that person access to interact with their child. This social media app is more secure than competitors like Snapchat, which have no real safety mechanisms to protect younger users.
There’s no advertising on the Messenger For Kids app, so you won’t have to use an iPhone spy and worry about your kids seeing inappropriate ads. Also, all of the add-ons have been scrutinized closely to make sure that they’re completely appropriate for young children.
When using the app responsibly, it can be a great way for families to connect with each other throughout the day and have ongoing group chats. Parents and kids will both feel safer when they know that they can reach other instantly through Facebook Messenger.
That being said, there are some downsides to the app. The interface is very clunky, and parents can’t use an iPhone spy to see their child’s messages. In order to monitor their kid’s activity, parents need to have physical access to the actual device that their kid is using.
Also, even though there is no advertising on the app, Facebook still collects user data on both parents and children. Facebook says they have no plans to sell that data or use it for anything other their own research. But in the past, they’ve proven that they aren’t so great at protecting their users’ privacy and information. So parents should be cautious about letting their children share personal information over the Messenger For Kids app.
Another con is that it might make kids dependent on social media at a very young age. Parents may not be comfortable with their 6-year-old chatting with their friends over the Internet, instead of playing outside.