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Facebook Messenger Rolls Out For Young Kids

Here's what parents need to know.

December 5, 2017

You could soon be getting messaged at work by your 7-year-old on Facebook Messenger thanks to a new rollout announced by the social media giant. But doesn't Facebook prohibit kids from under the age of 13 from having an account? Technically yes, but that doesn't mean plenty of kids under that age don't already have accounts. 

It's being called Messenger Kids and it will allow kids not old enough to have an account message their family and friends on an approved list set up by an adult through their parent's Facebook account. 

Some people seem to love this idea while others are skeptical. How secure is your child from not being contacted by some sort of social media predator? Critics seem to believe that Messenger Kids is pretty secure, but the bigger question comes in Facebook's true motivation for creating such an APP.

More and more children and even toddlers are spending time on digital devices. With the increased use, that means many are becoming addicted to phones, tablets, and other devices with screens. When these devices are taken away from kids, they tend to be moody and a lot harder to deal with as a parent. So is Facebook creating this APP to help kids communicate in the digital world? 

Or is Facebook working on hooking younger kids to social media by offering them earlier access? Plus the APP is gathering data just like our Facebook APP does on things we talk about and mention. This is helping Facebook better target advertising to your young child. 

Messenger Kids came out Monday in the U.S. as an app for Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Versions for Android and Amazon’s tablets are coming later.

How do you feel about letting your kids use Messenger Kids? Does your young child already have social media accounts?