How to use free Messenger Kids for PC – Windows 10, Mac
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Use the Messenger Kids app on your PC. If you are looking for a way to download the app on your Windows and Mac PCs you have come to the right place. Follow the steps discussed below to get the app on your PC.
What is the Messenger Kids PC app?
Messenger Kids for PC is an app that lets parents approve all of their kids’ contacts so that kids can send messages or have live video chats with approved people. Essentially, it’s social media training wheels for the next generation of Facebook users.
It’s basically the same as the free Facebook Messenger app we’re all pretty familiar with – but this one’s exclusively designed for children aged 6 – 12 to use.
Facebook’s rules say if you’re under 13, you can’t sign up for the typical profiles so many of us have – so they’ve created this totally separate app to reach them.
Primary schoolers will be able to make individual/group video calls and send text/pic messages, either on their smartphone or tablet. There’ll also be some fun features like interactive masks and GIFs to help jazz things up a bit.
As Facebook states on the app’s official site: “Kids can only connect with parent-approved contacts, which creates a more controlled environment.” The idea is that either mum or dad downloads the app on to the phone or tablet, and then sets everything up, too.
How to use the app
After downloading, someone with an existing Facebook account has to log in. That account is then linked to the kid’s and becomes the gatekeeper for approval of all contacts. The kid or parent needs to enter a name and provide a photo for the kid’s profile, though the photo doesn’t need to be of the kid. If kids want to request a specific contact, they can send a request to their parent, who can approve or deny it; parents can also just add to their kid’s contacts from their own Facebook contacts list.
When people contact a kid through Messenger for Windows app, they don’t have access to all of the GIFs and content that they would normally; they can only send photos and video from their own devices. There’s also a Sleep mode that parents can set so that kids don’t have access to the app during set times, and parents can remotely log kids out of the app on any device.
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What Can Parents Do or Cannot Do
Kids can use the app on their own device or on their gatekeeper’s phone. If kids are using it on their own phone, parents can’t see what kids send in a separate app or in their own feed; they can, however, look in Messenger Kids to see what kids send, since there’s no way to delete messages. If kids are using Messenger Kids on their parent’s phones, they’ll have access to all the photos and videos on that device. Within the Facebook app Explore section, parents can find the Messenger Kids area, where they can add contacts and switch between kids’ accounts. It’s unclear how many accounts a parent can create, but they can add another parent.
You can choose to allow your child to add, approve, or remove contacts. You’ll still manage the contact list and you can monitor friending activity in the Parent Dashboard.
Managing The Contact List
You’re in control of who your kids can talk to. Learn how to add or remove people on Messenger Kids.
Reporting & Blocking Contacts
Your kid can also block contacts on Messenger Kids. Parents will also be notified when they do, so you can check in.
How to Install the Messenger Kids app on Windows and Mac
- You will need to install an Android emulator on your PC, I will recommend the BlueStacks or NoxPlayer.
- Complete the installation of the emulator by following the on-screen instructions
- Open the PlayStore app from the home screen of the emulator, it is already installed on the emulator.
- Search for the Messenger Kids app and click on the install button.
- You will then need to log in using your Google ID to start the download process.
You can use the Messenger Kids app on your smartphone as well.