Facebook Tests Tweaks to Friend Requests in Messenger Kids

An Older Mode and Younger Mode were spotted

Messenger Kids debuted in December 2017 Facebook

Facebook is testing ways to give parents more options in how they can manage their children’s accounts on Messenger Kids.

The social network revealed several updates on that front last month, including: accessing their kids’ recent contacts and chat history; viewing a log of photos and videos sent by their kids; seeing reporting and blocking actions by their kids; seeing all devices their kids have used to log into the application and logging them out; and downloading their personal information from the app.

Developer and blogger Jane Manchun Wong shared screenshots in a tweet of two settings to control how kids using Messenger Kids can add friends.

In Younger Mode, all friend requests or additions must be approved by parents, while in Older Mode, kids make those decisions on their own, but parents can override them.

Facebook communications manager for engineering in Europe, the Middle East and Africa Alexandru Voica confirmed the tests in a tweet, saying, “We know parents want flexibility in how they manage their child’s Messenger Kids account. We are exploring an option where parents can opt-in to allow kids to accept and reject friend requests, as well as remove contacts. Parents will remain in control of the contact list, have full visibility into any actions their child takes and can turn the option off at any time.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.