16th March 2022

Please find the National Online Safety guide for ‘What Parents Need to Know About Facebook Messenger‘ below.

Download: What Parents Need to Know About Facebook Messenger [PDF]

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What is Facebook Messenger?

Facebook Messenger is a communication and chat application which is part of the wider Facebook platform and has been a standalone app on mobile devices since 2011. Through Messenger, users can exchange messages and send photos, videos, stickers, gifs, audio files and play games. It allows both one-to-one conversations and group chats, has a ‘stories’ feature and provides the ability to set up a video call session with up to 50 people at a time through its latest update, Messenger Rooms. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help parents and carers understand exactly what Facebook Messenger is about.

In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as cyberbullying, screen addiction and secret conversations.