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 38 reviews

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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.
1 person found this helpful.
age 8+

It's nice to be able to talk to my nephews easily.

It's a nice app to have. The people complaining about data collection and privacy also had to sign in with a personal account and give there location.. if you don't like that then don't use social media but your data is still going to be collected in other ways, it sucks but that's not going to change. My only complaint with this is that I can't send funny random gifs to my nephews which would be the main reason I'd use it. So besides being able to say hey this app is pretty pointless. If they have a phone they can text. Seems like this app would be good for kids 8-13ish. It's already made so only approved people can chat so just make it so you can send gifs, family isn't going to be sending the kids anything inappropriate
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