Facebook Messenger is one of the best video chat apps for kids. It was made with kids in mind and comes with lots of features you can easily control from your Facebook account.
Imagine the Facebook Messenger app, but pretend that it went through a Lisa Frank filter and you’ve got Facebook Messenger kids. It’s a more colorful, kid-friendly version of the Messenger app that’s intended for kids aged 6–12. The parental controls really impress on the Facebook Messenger Kids app, especially the ability to monitor your child’s contacts. Let’s do a short role-play of what the exchange will look like when your kid wants to add a contact to their Facebook Messenger Kids account.
Child: Mother, Father, I would like to formally request the privilege of adding my friend Clancy to my Facebook Messenger Kids app.
You: Hmm . . . I’ve heard about this Clancy fellow. All right! I’ll allow it. Here’s the code you need.
Child: Bless you, parents.
Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our child-parent interactions went down like this?
As the parent on the Messenger Kids account, you have control of a passcode that your child can send to friends to add them as a contact. The friend enters that passcode and voilà, your kid and their friend can chat. As long as you vet the person your child wants to add to their account, you won’t need to worry about randos sneaking into your child’s contacts.
You also can add Sleep mode features that set timers for when your kid is allowed to use the app. No more late nights of your kids talking to friends instead of, you know, sleeping.
Facebook comes with some baggage, mainly of the data privacy and social anxiety sort. Facebook will have your child’s account info. Getting your child into the Facebook world might introduce some new forms of social anxiety. However, the company does promise that the platform does not show ads in Messenger Kids and there are no in-app purchases. If you can help your child through those potential issues, the Messenger App for Kids is easily one of the best video chat apps for kids.