5 Things I Love About the New Facebook Messenger Kids App
Let’s talk apps and technology. I don’t often write on this topic, but it is one that I get asked about quite often, so we will probably be adding more articles in this area. What do you think?
Lately, we started using the new Facebook Messenger Kids app, and guy, I am all for kids using it.
I think it is very important that they learn the good that technology gives us. I do think, though, that it’s important to ensure that kids are safe while doing so.
Which brings me back to the app.
Here are some key points that I love about the Messenger Kids App:
-It has FULL parental control. Messages cannot be deleted or hidden. If something appears suspicious, I get a notification.
-I can set timing on the app to ensure that kids don’t get too sucked into it.
-It’s really kid-friendly. The first day I taught Yeva and Vasilisa how to use the Messenger Kids, they glued to it, sending cute gifs and funny videos to each other and me.
-You don’t need a phone number or a Facebook account, just WiFi, and the app works on all smartphones and tablets. So good!
-I love that kids can express themselves the way they are when taking to grandparents or even to me. It’s one thing to when I am nearby, it’s a completely different thing when they send me a message. I love those texts and videos. That is an absolute benefit of today’s advanced technology, and I don’t have to miss a beat even when I am not too far away. Plus it’s totally fun to see how their little minds work and what they think is fun and interesting.
I think it’s important that we stay in sync with time and allow kids to explore the world of technology. A forbidden fruit is always the sweetest, and I would rather teach them how to use things in the open in a safe way, vs them trying to do the same behind my back and getting hurt by it.
What do you, guys, think? Has anyone else been using the app lately with their kids?