Messenger Kids was designed as a way for children to access Facebook's chatting service without actually owning a Facebook account, with parents being granted full control over their activity. Setting up an account for your child only requires you to provide their name, with the service allowing you to control their list of approved contacts through your main Facebook app. The solution itself appears to be a more streamlined version of Messenger that allows children to send text messages to friends and family members, make video calls, and do light photo editing. The latter functionality is mainly enabled with a selection of age-appropriate stickers, frames, and masks, while support for kid-friendly GIF animations is also part of the package. Parents looking to add or remove people from their children's approved contacts list can do so by tapping the "More" icon in their Facebook app and locate the "Messenger Kids" option in the "Explore" section of the following interface.
With the introduction of Messenger Kids, Facebook launched its third major take on the world's most popular chat app that presently boasts well over a billion of users and is also available in the form of Messenger Lite. Facebook is quick to point out that its first app for kids contains no ads or in-app purchases and doesn't use any information you provide it with to serve targeted advertising either to you or your child further down the road. The iOS preview is only available in the United States but the app's Android debut should be of the global variety once it happens in late winter or early spring.