Put Your Digital Citizenship Skills to the Test on Messenger Kids

Digital citizenship is an important skill for kids to learn as they begin spending time online, and today we are launching the final episode of Pledge Planets, an interactive, in-app activity that will help kids learn and practice how to make healthy online decisions, stay safe and build resilience. 

Before kids start using Messenger Kids, they are introduced to the Messenger Kids Pledge—Be Kind, Be Respectful, Be Safe, Have Fun—to help shape what could be their first online messaging experience. Pledge Planets builds on these values, helping kids practice their digital citizenship skills in a relatable, fun and engaging way. 

Starting today, kids will be able to explore all four planets, each based on a different tenet of the Messenger Kids Pledge, and help characters navigate various social situations. By completing the games in each episode, kids will see that their kind, respectful, safe and fun actions have a big impact on those around them. 

Episode 1: Be Kind

Players are introduced to the owner of a sandwich shop who is having trouble interacting with customers. Through two games, kids will learn and practice how to act with kindness: 

Episode 2: Be Respectful

The second episode introduces players to DJ Dino, who needs help interacting with friends. These games help teach patience, and how to be thoughtful about what gets shared online. 

Episode 3: Be Safe

Through two games, kids learn and practice how to respond to bad actors online, and how to keep personal information private. 

Episode 4: Have Fun

In episode four, it’s time to celebrate! Players will have successfully helped their friends be kind, respectful and safe, and are now invited to have fun at Flashie’s party. 

The Messenger Kids Pledge and the Pledge Planets activities were developed in close partnership with Meta’s Youth Advisors, a group of experts in the fields of online safety, child development and children’s media who share their expertise, research and guidance to help us develop new products, features and policies for young people. 

To start practicing your digital citizenship skills, tap the “Explore” tab in Messenger Kids and select “Pledge Planets.” 

 

About Meta’s Youth Advisors

First convened in 2017, the Youth Advisors are a group of experts in the fields of online safety, child development and children’s media who share their expertise, research and guidance to help us develop new products, features, and policies for young people. We meet regularly with the group, which includes the Family Online Safety Institute, Digital Wellness Lab, MediaSmarts, Project Rockit and the Cyberbullying Research Center. We recently expanded this group to add new experts in privacy, youth development, psychology, parenting and youth media, and will continue expanding to include a diverse range of global perspectives. 

For more information about Messenger Kids, visit MessengerKids.com or follow our Facebook page for updates.

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