How to Use the Supervised Friending Feature in Messenger Kids

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Facebook's Messenger Kids is a free app that allows children to make video calls and send messages on smartphones and tablets, but with more control than just giving your child access to a phone. With Messenger Kids, parents can control their child's online experience through a variety of functions that allow them to have a safe and secure online experience.

One of the best functions is the Supervised Friending Feature, which allows parents to accept, decline, add, remove, and block people from your child's contact list. With the Supervised Friending Feature, parents have the final say in who can and can't talk to their child online.

Every action regarding a friend will send a notification to the parent assigned in Messenger Kids, allowing parents and guardians to override or reverse any unwanted actions as well as access to a log of recent activities.

This guide will show you how to use the Supervised Friending Feature in Messenger Kids.

There are two main functions of the Supervised Friending Feature: My child can choose contacts: This allows your child to add and remove people on their contact list. The parent/guardian will receive a notification every time, and will still be able to control the contact list from the Parent Dashboard. Only I can choose contacts: This function means that only a parent/guardian can make changes to the contact list. These changes can be made from the Parent Dashboard. All people listed as a parent or guardian will be able to make changes to the contact list.

  1. Open the Facebook app and click the three horizontal lines in the bottom right.
  2. Select 'Messenger Kids'
  3. Click on your child's name.
  4. Click 'Controls'
  5. Click 'Friending'
  6. Tap either 'my child can choose contacts' or 'only I can choose contacts.'