Facebook Messenger Kids Now Available on Fire Tablets

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Facebook launched a Messenger app just for kids this past December, but it was only available on iOS.

Facebook Messenger Kids is specially designed for children under 13, who are too young to have their own Facebook account. The app is a standalone product - a child can use it without having their own Facebook account, with their parent instead tacking it onto their own account. Now the app is available on Amazon's app store for Fire tablets as well. They don't need a Facebook account at all to use Messenger Kids.

If a child wants to speak to one of their classmates, for example, their parents have to link the two Messenger Kids accounts on Facebook itself. This doesn't create a Facebook account for them and their name is also not publicly searchable.

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At the same time, it gets kids used to Facebook's platform at a young age, potentially converting them into long-term users. It works via Wi-Fi so no phone number is linked to it as well.

Parents get a full set of parental control features over Messenger Kids, including the ability to block someone their child is chatting with. Contacts can only be added to the app via Facebook itself, so it's up to parents to decide who their kids can speak to.


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