Messenger Kids

Android, iOS, fireOS, & Web Applications · 2017–2018

Kids are getting their first cellphones earlier and earlier. This presents a huge dilema for parents—they don't want their kids to miss out on building important skills, but they also want to protect their kids from being exposed to the variety of age-inappropriate content online. This was the problem that Messenger Kids set out to solve.

I spent two years working on Messenger Kids design team. The first year was all researching, building and prioritizing before launch and the second was focused on iteration and growth.

Missed Call

One of the issues we observed was that kids don't always have their devices charged, on, or available. This led to numerous missed calls. To help bridge the gap and provide some context for the call, we built a digital version of the message machine—allowing kids to record a message to send when the call isn't answered.