By Brittany Castaneda
This is an excellent app for kids. I am a super cautious/boarder line paranoid parent when it comes to my children and internet safety. The contacts my kids have are completely controlled by me, and there’s no way for a child to work around the parental controls. This is HUGE, as almost all other online platforms’ parental control features are super easy to bypass by a child with even minimal technological understanding. I am technologically impaired, personally, which is even more cause for my concerns about my kids being safe online. It’s hard enough to protect them sufficiently for people that understand all possible functions and pitfalls with different apps/platforms. When the kids have a better grasp of technological functionality than the parent does that’s a recipe for disaster in my mind because they can get around almost any safety measure I might apply. That’s not possible with this app. It’s simple to understand and 100% secure. Everything goes through me from the contacts that get added to even sending me notifications if my child deletes a contact or something comes up in conversation that I may find concerning. I can see anything and everything they do when I
But it’s nice that they have that extra, “hey you might wanna check this” notification in case you haven’t checked in a while or miss something. I recommend this app absolutely!
Great app but a few suggestions
So I’m a kid and I use this app and I like to talk to my friends and play the bunny bridge game a lot but there’s an issue with it that makes me frustrated. The issue is this: in the tutorial it shows you the exact pieces you need and the bunny doesn’t start moving until all the pieces have been placed. When you start the real game, it doesn’t give you all the right pieces and the bunny doesn’t wait until you’ve completed a path. It starts moving after 2 pieces have been placed. I get that it’s a puzzle thing, but the bunny moves really fast and on the first level I played today, I tried placing a piece but it didn’t work, so that’s really frustrating. If you could maybe wait until the path is about halfway completed and if you could set out some more actually useful pieces, that’d be awesome. Also, I was thinking about this recently, last year I did this thing called “let’s look for cool filters” but when I watched the video at the end, I couldn’t hear what I said with most of the filters activated. I don’t know if this is still a problem, but anyways, there’s one more thing I wanted to discuss. There was this ADORABLE shark filter and I named him Leonard (pronounced Len-ird) and I haven’t seen him since! Please please please please PLEASE BRING LEONARD BACK Thank you,
A kid who uses this app
This is great but just a few problems
I’m 11 and I personally think this app is GREAT! Some problems are when people spam me! I would just be doing homework or something and my sister would constantly send random videos and stuff!😒I would block them but that is just plain rude.😬There should DEFINITELY be a Do not Disturb button! Another problem is saving pictures or videos with stickers or text! Whenever I save a picture or a video with something written on it or a sticker, it doesn’t save the written thing! That just gets me mad! I would want to show my friends at school instead of just opening up the app and scrolling and looking for the video I sent! I also think that the videos you can take should be longer than 1 minute! Let’s say I wanted to make something creative! I would only have 1 minute to do that! THATS JUST CRAZY! ☹️Besides all of those things, I KNOW that messenger kids is a great app for parents who know that they should be able to know and control who and what their kids do when it comes to texting and calling! Thanks for reading my review! It literally means a LOT❤️ (my fingers are about to fall asleep!😂)
My kids love this.. but literally NO boundaries
I have had this app for ONE day and my phone is nonstop blowing up. I have turned all notifications off (which I’d rather not have to do) However. There is not any type of a silent mode or an option to not contact the kids at a certain time. Even with zero notifications my phone keeps going off with all of the phone calls coming in from my child’s friends. Like 10x/minute. It is way too much. I have found myself logging on asking my daughters friends to please respect that it is bedtime. There needs to be some boundaries on this app! Like there should be a “do not disturb” option and also a function that requires parents permission for FaceTiming. Giving them access to chat at any time with friends is a complete invasion of privacy. My daughter respects it once I catch on that she’s FaceTiming.. but I should be able to allow the time frame when she has access to do it period. Already had a “moment” where I had to raise my voice and she’s literally FaceTiming with a friend.. who is in front of her parents.. and they heard everything. Beyond uncomfortable knowing that our privacy is invaded by kids that are just doing what the app allows them to get away with. More boundaries please or this thing is getting deleted. It is overwhelming after day 1.
I love this app! It’s amazing!!
I really like this app. It’s very well organized I think. Honestly it’s just so amazing because it’s so safe. My mom got this app for me during quarantine since a lot of my friends didn’t have phones to text or call with. They all had iPads or Computers. So when I first got this app I was pretty enthusiastic! I mean I think it’s a safe way for kids and friends to text and still talk during wierd times. I think the parent controls are amazing. I think the parent controls are so important for safety that this is an app that kids and there friends are safe. Also, my friend sent me this screen shot if the new update were you can share a song with your friends and make a video. Even though I updated this app cleared it and restarted my phone I could not find this feature. I searched it up on the internet but nothing helped. So please can you do something or tru and put something about on the internet because it really seems interesting and I would hate to miss out! But that’s really all I think this app is amazing it has some twinks but not everything is perfect. Overall this app is great! (My fingers are now officially dead btw)
Contacts list parents can see is faulty
First of all, it’s not easy figuring out how to delete contacts or add new ones once you have finished initial set up. When I finally figured it out (I had to google it, after I tried downloading the app directly onto my phone to see it I could access parental controls that way), finding out that you access this control from you Facebook account, the contact lists for my two kids were not showing all their contacts. I know this because there were a few relatives I was specifically looking for to delete (not for bad reasons on their part, but just because my kids were bugging them a lot), and they show up on the app for my kids, but not for me to delete from my end.
I had to go out of the parental controls for each of my kids and then back in again several times and each time a new contact that previously had not shown up, showed up. It’s really weird. And even still on one of my kids accounts, from my end, it says she does not have her dad as a contact, but I know she does as she messages him all the time on there. This issue needs to be fixed ASAP!
Very good, but needs improvement.
I have been using this app since I was 7. It has been fun for me. I can talk to my friends, use fun filters, and send stickers and gifs. However, I don’t appreciate the fact that when new filters come, old ones go away. Also with the missions, for three years it has said to come back later for more. Although It can be good in some ways, I hate when my app goes to sleep. My mom will not change it and it has been horrible. For example, last week I had an unseen text. For three days straight, I couldn’t see my message because of this. On the way to school, my app was still sleeping, when I finish homework, my app is sleeping again. I suggest that maybe this app should have sleeping limits, or no sleeping at all. For a last complaint, blocking. One time my friend wanted to know what happened when she blocked someone. She blocked me and then when she unblocked me, we still couldn’t talk to each other. This app has some flaws, but can be good in many ways. I hope you will agree with me and try to fix these, but also keep up the good work!
It’s annoying, slow, boring and pretty babyish,
It’s a pretty good app as a 10 year old I use it to connect to friends and family, I got it in like... February, and recently it’s been very buggy, every update comes with a bug and it annoying since this app updates constantly, it’s very buggy and frustrating, sometimes when I’m calling someone, it randomly crashes and hangs up, and most calls your screen is black so we have to call just a few million times 😒,and also why do we ONLY have video chat sometimes I just want to call, not have a video chat, oh and the “be creative” part is mostly fake and a scam, because when you edit a pic with filters and stickers it takes away most of it and messes it up, and the stickers are lame so I only use emojis, and it seems that the creators are pretty lazy, it’s like they never take the time to test the app. Oh and don’t get me started on how babyish this is, the filters are so dumb, and the games UGH so lame and boring,
Oh and I saw a review about Facebook kids, and that idea is amazing! But this app is horrible already and clearly lazy so your VERY precious time cannot be used on Facebook kids
This app needs major improvements and fixes, and make it funner, and please add just a normal call like why only video chat?
Great For Kids
This app is awesome for kids because it allows them the freedom to speak to their friends via messenger (texting style) or call them (like Face Time). It has been a life saver during the COVID-19 quarantine. The downfall of this app lies with the parents! As a parent, you must approve all the friends that your child wishes to speak with (which is AMAZING and I appreciate that) However, anytime they begin to write or call each other (which is ALL the time) my phone and Apple Watch begins to vibrate, ring, ping, and anything else you can imagine! I love knowing who she speaks to but there is no way of quieting the alerts. It’s either you are in the know or you have to relinquish all the perks of knowing anything!
I do appreciate the weekly updates of who has your child been speaking with break-down. But I really wish the makers of the app would brainstorm a way to have the best of both worlds! When I’m at work and my phone is vibrating (and my watch) it’s very distracting. Please focus on fixing that part!! Otherwise, LOVE the app! 😊
Potential but so many irritating-to-parent functions!!!
Needs so - seemingly slight- upgrades to make this a positive user experience for all. Parents will get barraged with calls for their kids, and turning notifications on your phone off is of no use. Also, when you set sleep mode this seems to be of no use 1 out of 3 times, the calls keep coming in and also, on your phone. We just fielded about 25 calls in the past half hour. I’m working. It is inane. Also sleep mode - only has one setting. So you can’t have your kid access it from 8-9 am, then 12-1 PM, then 4-6 Pm. Oh no, that would be too simple. You need to go on your own Facebook and toggle the sleep mode on or off 5 times a day. So your kid can just be a zombie with friends. Also, like much of Facebook, it’s impossible to actually send them any feedback... unless you go to their website and aren’t on a mobile device. The plus side is, it’s safe. Beyond that I want to tear my hair out and uninstall it so my kid’s friends can stop calling me. I wound up blocking everyone using the “block caller” on my phone. For each new group, I’ll have to do this I guess.