Facebook Says Parents Can Trust Its 'Messenger Kids' Service
Facebook today rolled out a new messaging service for children under the age of 13. Messenger Kids is a mobile application that gives kids the power to communicate via text and video with approved family members and friends. The app works on smartphones and tablets, but is controlled through the parent's Facebook account. Messenger Kids first available to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Children can use Messenger Kids for one-on-one or group video chats. The UI gives kids a clear indicator of who they are allowed to communicate with and when those friends or family are online. Kids will not be able to connect with anyone not green-lighted by parents. A parental account is required for children to use Messenger Kids. Setting up the service does not create a Facebook account for the kids, and kids will not have access to their parents' Facebook accounts. There are no ads served to kids in the app, nor are their in-app purchases. It includes masks, emoji, and sound effects, and supports photos, videos, or text. Facebook says it created a library of kid-safe GIFs and other content for sharing. Adults who receive these messages will see them in the regular, full version of Facebook Messenger. Messenger Kids is only available to iOS devices in the U.S. to start, but Facebook says it will expand to Android devices soon.
Google Overhauls YouTube Kids App for Mobile Devices
Google today pushed out a significant update to its YouTube Kids mobile application, giving both kids and their parents new features to enjoy. For example, kids can create their own profiles each with a customized appearance.
Google Releases YouTube for Kids
Google today announced YouTube Kids, what it calls a family-friendly video app for children. The app has narrowed down the focus of content available to what's appropriate for younger viewers.
Google to Refresh YouTube Kids with Better Parental Controls
Google today said it plans to release a new version of YouTube Kids that will address some complaints about the app. The intent behind YouTube Kids was to give younger views a simpler way to watch videos curated for education and entertainment purposes.
YouTube Brings Blocking Tool to Kids App
Google today updated its YouTube Kids application and gave parents a little bit more control over the content that's available to their youngsters. The latest version of the app lets parents block videos or channels when they are signed into the app.
Republic Wireless Relay Is a Google-Powered, Walkie-Talkie Phone for Kids
Republic Wireless today announced the Relay, a simple, screenless device meant to help young children communicate with their parents and other family members. The Relay is small, puck-like speakerphone with a single large button.