Parents need to know that Messenger Kids is a kids' messaging app created by Facebook that's targeted at kids under 13. After downloading, a parent (or anyone with an existing Facebook account) must log in with their own Facebook credentials; that person can then approve all contacts in the Messenger Kids app. Parents can also add contacts to their kid's account via the grown-up version of Messenger. If kids want to add a contact (and parents have enabled this feature), they can share a four-word passphrase with their friends. After that kid enters the passphrase into the app, parents will get a message to approve (or not approve) that connection. Parents can also allow for Supervised Friending which allows kids to control their contacts (parents can still see and control them, too). Also, to help kids connect with more friends, parents can allow kids to connect through groups, which enables approved adults to connect kids who have the same approval. And, parents can make their kid's name and profile photo visible to friends of their kid's contacts, kids of the parent's Facebook friends, and the kids of parents invited to download the app. Within a message, kids can send kid-appropriate GIFs, stickers, emojis, and live filters, and they can also access all of the photos and videos on the device. Kids can also have live video chats with their approved contacts. Since kids can't delete messages, parents can monitor what their kids send through the app. An update in early 2020 gave parents new options for monitoring kids' use of the app, including a list of recent contacts, recent images and videos shared in chats, a chat history, and a list of reported and blocked contacts. Plus, parents can now remotely log kids out of the app on any device, and they can download their kid's information with a feature similar to the same option for adults on Facebook. Pledge Planets is a feature that aims to teach kids about digital citizenship and includes varied activities.