At the end of last year, we announced the launch of Messenger Kids, the messaging platform that Facebook offers to children who are not old enough to use the social network. Until now, when two children wanted to connect on Messenger Kids Facebook, it required that their parents be friends on the social network, a measure that prevents children from talking to strangers.
As echoed by TechCrunch, from now on it will not be necessary for the children’s parents to become friends on the social network for their children to connect. Even so, it will still be mandatory for both parents to approve the connection between their respective children.
Apparently, the measure comes thanks to the feedback received from many parents who said they did not want to become Facebook friends with their children’s friends’ parents. In many cases parents only maintain a cordial relationship, so they do not feel it is appropriate to connect with the other person on a social network.
In this way, Messenger Kids ceases to be an extension of the social circle of parents and focuses more on the relationships of the youngest. Still, there’s no need to worry, because as mentioned above, Messenger Kids will still require both parents to give their consent for their children to connect.