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Facebook’s kid texting app Messenger Kids arrives on Android


Fb’s controversial app Messenger Youngsters, which lets dad and mom management who children can discuss to, is immediately rolling out to Android units within the U.S. with its launch on Google Play. The app may even now embody a wide range of new options for Valentine’s Day, like themed makes, stickers and frames, so children can ship particular Valentine messages to their family and friends.

Android is the final main platform the app wanted to deal with, having initially debuted on iOS, adopted by final month’s arrival on Amazon Fireplace tablets.

Right now, many younger youngsters use mother or dad’s hand-me-down Android smartphone as their gaming gadget, or an Android pill. Now, their dad and mom, too, can select to put in Messenger Youngsters.

The query dad and mom are asking themselves, nonetheless, is whether or not they need to.

It’s not a easy query with a straightforward reply.

Not all dad and mom or trade specialists agree that Fb’s kid-focused messaging app is a good suggestion. The considering is that children aren’t able to be on units or messaging household and pals, in order that they shouldn’t be doing this in any respect.

Sadly, they already are. That is what folks don’t appear to know.

It’s not as if dad and mom are permitting children to make use of units as an alternative of having them doing kid-like issues, like working round outdoors, studying books, driving bikes, making artwork, or enjoying with pals. It’s simply that units have infiltrated children’ lives, as they’ve ours. There are occasions that it’s enjoyable for teenagers to ship grandma a textual content, somewhat than decide up the telephone – simply as it’s for folks.

The true drawback is that there aren’t any current options providing dad and mom management over these conversations with the power to scale, like a Fb app provides.

Messenger Youngsters isn’t good by any means, but it surely’s a step up from predator playgrounds like Kik, for instance. It nonetheless wants a greater means for folks to observe the continued conversations, to allow them to step in, if want be.

Nevertheless, for these dad and mom who’ve chosen to make use of the app, the suggestions to date has been constructive. The app at present has a Four-star score on Apple’s App Retailer, and three.5 stars on Amazon’s Appstore. (Various the decrease star scores on Amazon’s Appstore had been in regards to the app not being accessible but on Android units.)

The brand new Android model of Messenger Youngsters will go dwell immediately on Google Play right here.

Updated: February 14, 2018 — 3:49 pm

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