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Facebook’s Messenger Kids Is Training Wheels For Social Media

Facebook has just launched a standalone app called Messenger Kids, a video chat and messaging app aimed at children under 13. The app is not only a lot safer and more private than apps aimed at teens and adults, but it’s filled with fun features for youngsters and it offers parents control over who children communicate with.

The app allows kids to conduct one-to-one or group video chats, message other users and take advantage of creative tools such as the ability to decorate photos and videos or add “kid-appropriate” masks, stickers and GIFs to their online conversations. Messenger Kids will work on both tablets and smartphones, initially Apple iPad and iPhones, with plans to expand to Android and Amazon Kindle next year.

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