Social media giant Facebook has launched Messenger Kids, its messaging platform meant for kids, in 75 more countries.
Most of the population in the world is under the coronavirus lockdown and the company’s move seems to be aimed at popularising the app– which it considers to be a safer alternative to Messenger– among the young ones that cannot go out in COVID times.
The 75 new countries where Messenger Kids has been rolled out are: St Vincent and the Grenadines, Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Chile, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands ,Colombia ,Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Singapore, Soloman Islands, Sri Lanka, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Suriname ,Taiwan, Timore-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Virgin Islands.
Facebook has also added parental controls through which activities of children could be monitored. There are new opt-in ways so that parents can connect their children with other kids.
Through Supervised Friending, parents have the final word on who their kids want to befriend on the platform. They can accept or reject friend requests. They get notifications when their kids try to befriend some other kid.
If they think that their kids should not be friends with some contact, then they can override the kids’ decision through the Parent Dashboard. They can also add or remove other contacts.
Moreover, parents can now allow other parents to add their kids to group chats.