Facebook Messenger Kids App Gets Sleep Mode Parental Control

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Facebook now lets parents schedule 'sleep mode' in Messenger Kids app

With a simplified interface, the new feature enables parents to adjust the timings at any time.

The main idea of Messenger Kids is the parental control of the time kids are spending on Facebook Messenger. The app already has some built-in tools for parents, including giving them the ability to control their child's contact list. When the app is in Sleep Mode, kids can not send or receive messages or video calls, play with the creative camera or receive notifications.

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With Sleep Mode, parents can set a designated off time and each day at the designated time, the app will "go to sleep" and not be accessible to kids during those hours.

It's simple to use, and while you can go in and adjust the times at any time, you can also just set it and forget it so you don't have to worry about constantly monitoring and changing the controls for the app.

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Parents, before you toss your young child an iPad or smartphone to watch videos in the YouTube Kids app, you better make sure they're seeing something appropriate for their age. "For those parents who want even more control over the videos and channels in the YouTube Kids app, we're rolling out a feature later this year that will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app". "Parents told us they would like controls that make the app inaccessible at a certain time, like during dinner, homework time or bedtime". Messenger Kids application is absolutely for free and you can download the app for both, iOS and Android platform for free.

Since its launch in December 2017, Messenger Kids is facing widespread criticism for encouraging children to join social media. If a kid does try to open the app, it will let them know it's now in sleep mode and refuse access. Now Facebook is adding one more.

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On the other hand, Facebook claims that very little data is being collected in the Messenger Kids app and that the data is being collected for operational purposes or to ensure a good experience within the app. Parents can also delete the account or create a new account for the Kids within the same environment.

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