Messenger Kids

App review by Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Facebook-created app appeals to kids but collects data.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 36 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Why are these parents crazy?

This app is very helpful. I use this to communicate to my cousin, who doesn't have a cell phone. It is an okay app user friendly-wise. I like it because I can talk to her even though she doesn't have a cell phone. All messages go directly to the person's phone who set up the account, which puts a lot of parents at ease. Overall, this is a good app.
age 7+

Has a place

We downloaded this app for my daughter when her best friend moved across the country. She is too young to have her own phone but has a kindle fire and we wanted to find a way for her and her friend, as well as family abroad to have their own way of chatting. It’s similar to WhatsApp but totally supervised. Every word and picture can be seen by the parent and any return messages brings up an alert for the parent. All contacts have to be approved by the parent. And what a wonderful opportunity to start conversations and educating a child about the world of social media, safe and unsafe practices, rules, do’s and dont’s and even the data collection from Facebook is a big talking point. It’s inevitable our children will end up entering the world of social media and this is a great training tool and an opportunity to ease them into it and educate, educate, educate. It also delays the inevitable ‘real’ social media world as it ‘satisfies’ a desire to be part of something.

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