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Facebook brings New Holiday Season Feature to Messenger Kids!

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

Holidays and festive seasons are the best time to rekindle with family and friends. Kids especially enjoy it even more. Keeping this in mind, the Messenger Kids app is rolling out seasonal art and features to bring out some more fun and happiness to kids and their families this festive season.

Facebook launched Messenger Kids app in 2017 for kids under 13 years of age in the U.S.

Now, it is expanding the app’s presence and launching it in more than 70 new countries.

Enjoy the latest stickers,masks, and filters

Special features in Messenger Kids app lets kids explore a variety of filters, masks, and stickers. It includes dancing Santa, learning about Hanukkah with the help of menorah filter, adding the special Kwanzaa frame to a photo and ringing in the New Year with spectacular fireworks and confetti filters. As the holiday season approaches, more masks and filters will be added to increase the fun quotient.

Get a message directly from Santa

Won’t your kids love to get a message directly from Santa? Well, surprise your kids!

You can opt to activate the ability to message your kids as "Santa", directly from the Messenger app.

Use the newly activated Santa chat thread in the Messenger to send your child messages that will show as a message coming from Santa Claus in the Messenger Kids. You can start off the conversation by asking simple questions to your child such as “What are you thankful for in 2019”? or “What is the one good deed you did in 2019?. Kids will be able to reply “Santa” via text.

Visit to activate the Santa chat.

Things to keep in mind;

  • Messages received by the child in the Santa Claus conversation are sent by the parents only. No generic messages are sent automatically from Santa to the child.

  • Messenger notifications are turned off automatically for responses to Santa. This is done to preserve the fun just in case the child is using the Messenger Kids on the parent’s phone.

Have a joyous and wonderful season with your family and friends!

With the latest expansion, Facebook is adding new features. The latest one is called the Supervised Friending which gives parents the option to allow their kids to accept, add, reject, or remove contacts. Even if kids do so, parents can override new contact approvals through their Parent Dashboard. As of now, this feature is available only in the U.S but will be made available to the rest of the world gradually.

Additionally, Facebook is adding another new feature that will enable parents to approve of other adults –sports trainers or teachers to connect to their child via Messenger Kids app. This feature too is available in the U.S and will be made available to the rest of the world in the coming weeks.

Facebook is helping parents connect their kids with other children easier by making their names and profile photos visible to relevant contacts.

For more information, visit Messenger or follow the Facebook page.

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