Messenger Kids The Messaging App for Kids

Facebook’s Messenger Kids now available in the Philippines

You got that right! Facebook recently announced that Messenger Kids is now available in the Philippines. 

With all the trend and tech-savvy kiddos out there na astang know-it-all pa sa atin, who knows na with just a few taps from their devices eh they might stumble upon to some content that's not appropriate for their age. The usual Facebook Messager may not befitting for them to use, Imagine, tayo ngang adults na nakaka-received pa din ng spam and worse malicious content, what more pa sa kids na click lang ng click, the are open din for that kind of threat. 

That's why I highly recommend the Messenger Kids app to fellow moms. This app will allow our children ages 6 to 12 to have fun messaging or video chatting with their classmates, beshies, friends, and family in a parent-controlled environment. 

Messenger Kids is a video chat and messaging app
specially designed for kids to get connected with their friends
and family in a fun, parent-controlled space.

Oh, di ba how was that for parental guidance? Not to be nosy naman to their convos but as a parent dapat ma-screen pa din natin who they are talking to. We all know naman not all kids are the same.  We should be picky din, for example, my girls are chatting to their gamer friends who they didn't actually meet pa, not to be eksaheradang momshie but malay ba natin if kids nga ba talaga ang kausap nila. Kaya upon learning about Meesager Kids on Facebook, we downloaded it right away to our kids' gadgets and deleted the old old one.

Download the app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store today. 

For years, Facebook has been working with Youth Advisors, a team of experts in online safety, child development, and media, to help shape the Messenger Kids app. Facebook also continues to consult child safety advocates and educators to ensure that the Messenger Kids app balances parental control with features that help kids learn how to connect responsibly online.

“Through our work with the Stairway Foundation, the Child Rights Network, and other safety partners in the Philippines, we learned that many Filipino parents are looking for ways to help their children stay in touch with friends and family during this challenging time, in a fun and parent-supervised environment. We hope that Messenger Kids will help them to continue to find ways to have fun, create, and engage with friends and family,” said Amber Hawkes, APAC Head of Safety, Facebook. 

“In a pandemic, children are not able to explore and socialize with friends the way they used to. Experiencing change and restrictions in both learning and play is especially challenging for children. We are glad to see that Messenger Kids has been designed with built-in parental controls and safety in mind, and also fun features that are age-appropriate and encouraging children to stay connected even as they are staying physically apart. We shall continue working with Facebook to help make the platform safe for children,” said Ace Diloy of the Stairway Foundation.

Fun Features Made For Kids 
Messenger Kids is full of features for kids to connect with the people they love. Once their account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat. The home screen shows them at a glance who they are connected with to, and when those contacts are online.

  • Playful masks, emojis, and sound effects bring conversations to life.
  • In addition to video chat, kids can send photos, videos, or text messages to their parent-approved friends and adult relatives, who will receive the messages via their regular Messenger app.
  • A library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks, and drawing tools lets them decorate content and express their personalities.
  • Messenger Kids gives parents more control. Parents manage the contact list and have visibility into how their kids are using the app. Parents control kids’ accounts and contacts through the Messenger Kids Parent Dashboard in their main Facebook iOS and Android app

Let's Get Started
Every child's account on Messenger Kids must be set up by a parent. For parents, setting your child up with a Messenger Kids account is done in four steps:

  1. Download the App. First, download the Messenger Kids app on your child’s iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone. Messenger Kids will also be available in the Google Play Store and on Android devices.
  2. Authenticate the App. Authenticate your child’s device using your own Facebook username and password. This will not create a Facebook account for your child or give them access to your Facebook account
  3. Create an Account. Finish the setup process by creating an account for your child, where you’ll provide their name and opt-in to any additional features. The device can then be handed over to the child so they can start chatting with family and friends.
  4. How to Add Contacts? To add people to your child’s contact list, go to the Messenger Kids Parent Dashboard panel in your main Facebook app. To get there, click on “More” on the bottom right corner in your main Facebook app, and click “Messenger Kids” in the Explore section.

Get To Know More About It. 
There are no ads in Messenger Kids and your child’s information isn’t used for ads. It is free to download and there are no in-app purchases. Messenger Kids is also designed to be compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).

We continue to work with parents, safety, and security experts to improve Messenger Kids and today we have also announced new ways to help parents connect kids with their friends.

For more information about the app, visit

Download Messenger Kids Now
Google Play | App Store

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