Messenger Kids Gets a Pledge, Kindness Stickers and an Appreciation Mission

The app is now available in Canada and Peru

Facebook introduced Messenger Kids last December Facebook
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Facebook revealed several new features for its Messenger Kids application, as well as two more countries where it is available: Canada and Peru (both iOS and Android).

The social network introduced Messenger Kids last December, giving children access to features of its flagship messaging app, but with full parental control.

Product management director Loren Cheng and product manager Tarunya Govindarajan detailed the new features in a Newsroom post, saying that Facebook teamed up with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a global group of advisors in developing them.

Facebook added the Messenger Kids Pledge, which it described as “pledge of guiding principles between parents and kids that encourage the responsible use of Messenger Kids”: Be kind, be respectful, be safe and have fun.

Messenger for Kids also includes a new set of photo stickers “designed to inspire kindness toward others.”

Finally, coming soon will be Appreciation Mission, an interactive guide within the Messenger Kids app that will encourage kids to discover and express appreciation for their friends and family members.

Cheng and Govindarajan wrote, “In addition to these features, we’ll continue to improve other parts of the app and controls based on parent and expert feedback. For example, one thing we heard consistently is that parents want more than one parent to have control over kid accounts, so starting today, we’re making it possible for two parents to manage accounts. We look forward to getting more feedback from families internationally.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.