So if a child wants to be able to chat with one of their classmates, their parent must first friend that kid’s parent, and then will see the option to approve that adult’s child as a contact for their own kid.
This is by far the most clumsy part of Messenger Kids, and something Facebook might be able to improve with a way for Messenger Kids to let children perhaps photograph a QR code on their playmate’s app to request that their parents connect.
Instead, parents have to ask to look at their kids’ screen, which Chung says is a more common behavior pattern.
Then, using the Messenger Kids bookmark in the main Facebook app, parents can approve anyone who is friends with them as a contact for their kid, like aunts and uncles or godparents.
When children turn 13, they won’t instantly have their Messenger Kids profiles turned into real Facebook profiles, nor will they get kicked off Messenger Kids.
They’ll still have to build a traditional Facebook account from scratch when they’re ready.
It’s important to understand that kids under 13 still can’t sign up for a Facebook account.
Instead, parents download the Messenger Kids app to a child’s i Phone or i Pad (Android coming soon).