Also, we have known that the launch of this application was done much earlier by Facebook but the application was only available for iOS which meant that the users of Android were not able to access this Facebook Messenger Kids app on their phones. The app is available on Google Playstore starting today. It also helps that Facebook has designed Messenger Kids to be compliant with important child privacy laws like the US's Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
The app is a highly-modified version of the standard Messenger app; it gives parents complete control over who their children are communicating with on mobile devices. Now, the company has chose to launch this application for the Android users as well and this application has been made available on the Google Play Store.
The app is still live in the Apple App Store and went live in the Amazon Appstore a short time later. Now, today, it hits the Google Play Store. However, Facebook is adamant to tackle such risks by instead providing what they claim is a safe environment that is completely controlled by parents and has full transparency. When the child initiates a chat, or someone tries to chat with the child, the app notifies the parent before the conversation can begin. Messenger Kids has sparked a lot of discussions regarding the online safety of children and their potential exposure to harmful individuals.
More than 100 child advocates and experts-including groups like the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, ACLU of MA, and Parents Across America-have called the app "irresponsible", especially in light of research indicating that excessive use of social media is detrimental to children and teens.