Facebook is finally offering its Messenger Kids App outside of the United States six months since it was first announced. No matter where users are based, the app is available in English, Spanish, and French - all popular languages in the countries where the app is now available.
The company officials stated that they are still working on certain features like parental control and other settings which will make the app more secure and useful.
"Younger children are simply not ready to have social media accounts". This feature was introduced after parents sent feedback to the social networking firm requesting the feature.
"We designed Messenger Kids from the ground up with elements that teach kids how to better understand and express their emotions in creative ways, encourage and promote healthy social behaviours, and deepen positive connections between kids and their close friends and families", Facebook wrote in the post.
Another new addition is the Messenger Kids Pledge.
After rolling out in the USA last year, Messenger Kids is now in Canada, and it's designed for kids to connect with family and friends and to give parents more control to approve contacts and set time limits through the app's "sleep mode".
Facebook announced that it will be adding the Appreciation Mission soon, too.
A version of Facebook's popular text and video messaging app aimed at children under the age of 13 is now available in Canada, Facebook said on Friday, despite concerns from advocates that children are ill-equipped to use social media at such a young age.
Facebook countered that it had consulted with online safety experts when developing Messenger Kids and that the service has a variety of online access tools and features that parents can use to monitor their children's' online habits.