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.
One thing that might surprise some people is that there’s no way for parents to secretly spy on what their kids are saying in their chats.
Instead, parents have to ask to look at their kids’ screen, which Chung says is a more common behavior pattern.
The exception is that if kids report a piece of objectionable content, their parents will be notified but still not shown the content in their own app.
Once the parent has authenticated it with their own account, they set up a mini-profile with their kid’s name and photo.
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 you think about things at scale that we do to get people to care more about Messenger, this is one that addresses a real need for parents,” say Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus.