My son Gavin (9yo) basically has an iPad mini that he uses to watch videos, read and play Minecraft on. His mom and I closely monitor all of that. His kids YouTube account is connected to mine so I know EVERYTHING he watches. If he downloads a free app it automatically downloads to my iPhone at the same time. So when his mom said she was setting up a messenger account for him I was skeptical at first, but now I love it.
How the messenger works is the only people who can message him have to be pre-approved by his mom. The only people on the list are family. That’s it. Gavin’s mom and I aren’t together so when I run across a funny video or picture I can send it to him when he’s at his moms. She does the same thing when he’s with me.
If you have shared custody you know how much of a bummer it is when you don’t have your kids. This helps take that “sting” away. The last thing I sent to Gavin was a picture of Grand Rapids, MI made out of LEGO pieces and he loved it.
The app isn’t bad… it’s how you use it.