Start ‘em Young: Facebook Introduces Messenger Kids App

By Christine Zosche 

Facebook Monday introduced a version of its iconic Messenger application for kids, but parents must set up kids’ accounts on Messenger Kids. (Adweek)

Facebook launched a preview of the app for iOS Monday, with plans to publish an Android version on Google’s and Amazon’s app stores in the coming months as well. This means children will be able to eventually use it on Android phones as well as Amazon’s Fire tablets. (Variety)

It marks the first time the company has allowed children younger than 13 to have an official presence on any of its platforms. Kids can swap messages; make video calls; and share selfies, GIFs, and stickers with people on their (parent-approved) friends list. The app is available now to iPhone users in the U.S. (Mashable)