Facebook Messenger Kids App

Facebook launched a new app called “Messenger Kids.” 

It’s designed for parents to be able to monitor their kids online while giving them access to social media at a younger age than ever before (this new app is designed for kids age 9-11 years old!) 

Also, if you’re frustrated with Snapchat or Instagram, please consider learning more about our Parent University program. 

I will be launching new Snapchat/Instagram training modules all winter in Parent University. I want to simplify the apps and show you how they work in less than 15 minutes. 

See you in Parent University. 
Josh Ochs, Digital Safety Speaker/Author

Messenger Kids is a new video chat and messaging app, from Facebook, that’s built for kids and designed to give parents more control. Between the parental controls and all of the camera features being kid-friendly, Messenger Kids can be a starting point for a student’s first social media account.


The Look app is a free messaging app that combines live video with text messaging. We made this app guide to inform parents, since some users have reported that it can be difficult to delete your Look account and that it’s easy for strangers to message you on the app.


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We asked Sage Singleton, who is a Security & Safety Expert at SafeWise, to share 5 tips to help parents protect their family’s personal security and safety online. Learn how to handle cyber bullying, protect your family from identity theft, and dialog about online predators with your children.



We caught up with a Parent University Member, and mom, to talk about her experience with Parent University and keeping her teenage son safe on social media. Learn how this mom uses videos in Parent University to stay ahead of her son and start a discussion about online safety.



We caught up with the Producer of Angst the movie, which teaches students and parents how to dialogue about anxiety. Learn anxiety tips, ways to open up the conversation around anxiety, and how parents can manage an anxiety attack if their child is experience one.



Spotafriend is an app strictly for teens designed to help them find friends. We discourage students from using Spotafriend since there have been instances of adults being able to easily bypass the age restriction. Also, this app can be used by predators to try and target victims nearby.



We spoke with Vanessa and Devin, who are studying at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, to discuss how students can shine online. In this student interview learn how they behave on social media, their tips for high school students, and what they do to be awesome students on campus.



We interviewed Johnathan Harrell, a college student from Westmont College who is studying Communication and Media Studies to talk to him about how students can build their leadership skills. Learn about Johnathan’s off campus experience, how he behaves online, his best leadership tips, and how he inspires other students.



We caught up with Samantha Wormser who is the Public Relations Manager at Power Digital Marketing to ask her for her top 5 teen Instagram tips to help students safely brand themselves on social media. In this post, learn how to turn your digital footprint into a resume and more.

Join one of our next free webinars: 

Parents of kids 8-18:
Social Media Safety Webinar for Parents 450
Educator and School District Digital Citizenship Webinar 600

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