Facebook rolls out Messenger Kids app, is it too much too soon?

Since you probably don’t use Facebook enough already, the social media juggernaut is taking aim at your children with a new version of Messenger, appropriately called Messenger Kids. According to Facebook, the kid version of Messenger will roll out in the United States first and then only on iOS-powered Apple devices. And it’s supposedly designed for tech-savvy tykes as young as six years old.

As you can well imagine, Facebook was very quick to point out that pretty much every aspect of Messenger Kids can be tightly controlled by a parental overlord. That includes specifying who your kids can chat with and what device the app will work on. Facebook says that getting your kids to use Messenger Kids does not include creating a Facebook account for them, and that their goal is simply to make it easier for children and parents to easily communicate.

We get it: Facebook use is pervasive among adults, so why not make it easier to chat with junior and trade funny photos and videos as well, since they’ll probably be doing it soon enough as young adults barring some future tech apocalypse. But still, it’s little weird. We're sure we’ll all get used to it, though. More details: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/12/introducing-messenger-kids-a-new-app-for-families-to-connect/

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