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Facebook's child-friendly texting app Messenger Kids arrives on Android

Facebook's child-friendly texting app Messenger Kids arrives on Android
From TechCrunch - February 14, 2018

Facebooks controversial app Messenger Kids, which lets parents control who kids can talk to, is today rolling out to Android devices in the U.S. with its launch on Google Play. The app will also now include a variety of new features for Valentines Day, like themed makes, stickers and frames, so kids can send special Valentine messages to their friends and family.

Android is the last major platform the app needed to address, having initially debuted on iOS, followed by last months arrival on Amazon Fire tablets.

Today, many young children use mom or dads hand-me-down Android smartphone as their gaming device, or an Android tablet. Now, their parents, too, can choose to install Messenger Kids.

The question parents are asking themselves, however, is whether they should.

Its not a simple question with an easy answer.

Not all parents or industry experts agree that Facebooks kid-focused messaging app is a good idea. The thinking is that kids arent ready to be on devices or messaging family and friends, so they shouldnt be doing this at all.

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