22 May 2020
Facebook has announced a new Messenger Kids application update that will bring a bunch of new features. These new changes are meant to provide slightly more freedom to kids while ensuring that parents continue to be in control of things. At the same time, the availability of the app has been expanded to a total of 75 new countries.
The first new feature is called Supervised Friending where kids get to choose whether they want to approve or reject a friend request and add or remove contacts. It will be up to parents whether they want to allow their kids to use this new feature. Even if they do, they will receive an alert whenever kids will take any friend list-related action. They will also have the authority to override any of the actions taken by kids through the Parent Dashboard.
Next up, Facebook is making it possible for parents to appoint adults that have the permission to add kids to group chats. These chats can be about anything like a school's sports team or a group for some play. The chosen adults will be able to add only those kids to the group whose parents have granted permission for doing so. Parents will continue to be in control as they will receive alerts when their kid will be connected with new kids.
Lastly, parents from the United States, Canada, and Latin America are now allowed to make names and profile photos of their kids visible to select users. It can be done for friends of their kid’s contacts and their parents, kids of the parent’s Facebook friends, and kids of people parents invite to download the Messenger Kids app.
All of these new Facebook Messenger Kids features have already started rolling out in the United States. As for other markets, the release will happen in a gradual phase with some receiving them sooner than later.