For the first time, Facebook is opening up to children under age 13 with a privacy-focused app designed to neutralize child predator threats that plague youth-focused competitors like Snapchat. S., “Messenger Kids” lets parents download the app on their child’s phone or tablet, create a profile for them and approve friends and family with whom they can text and video chat from the main Messenger app.
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.
Donald Glover’s show about a broke Ivy League dropout trying to manage his cousin Paper Boi’s (the great Brian Tyree Henry) burgeoning rap career, while being of some use to his daughter and on-again-off-again girlfriend Van (Zazie Beetz), had the most new things to say, and the most new ways of saying them, of any show this year.
Unapologetically black, structurally adventurous, ideologically bold, unabashedly melancholy, occasionally very funny, this is the show I thought most about well after I was done watching it.
Messenger Kids is interoperable with the main Messenger app, so adults don’t actually have to download the Kids app.
Kids still can’t be found through Facebook search, which protects their privacy.