Facebook introduces ''Sleep Mode'' for parents in Messenger Kids

Todd Singleton
April 30, 2018

Facebook is giving its controversial Messenger Kids app a new feature called "sleep mode" today, allowing parents to set specific times when their children aren't allowed to use the app.

In order to configure this new Sleep Mode within the Facebook Messenger Kids app, parents access the entire application from within their own Facebook app.

"Sleep mode" feature live within a parent's main Facebook app but for now though only one parent will have the access to control this feature inside Facebook.

If your kid attempts to access the app during blocked hours, they'll receive a simple message telling them to come back at the appropriate time to access Messenger Kids again.

Parents can use this feature by enabling this feature from their accounts.

Beginning this week, parents will be able to select "trusted channels" and topics that their children can access on the app, like "Sesame Workshop" or "learning", that have been curated by people at YouTube Kids and its partners. Tap on the child's name, and then on "Sleep Mode" in the App Controls section.

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YouTube Kids, which has been criticised for inadvertently recommending disturbing videos to children, has said that it would introduce several ways for parents to limit what can be watched on the popular app. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. Moreover, the app allows Parents to add or delete contacts, and sends them notifications if their children report or block anyone they have been chatting with.

Facebook and Facebook's Messenger Kids app icons are displayed on an iPhone in NY on February 16, 2018. Since the time Facebook launched Messenger Kids for the iOS in December, the social network has been on fire.

This year, YouTube Kids will roll out three new parental control options.

Facebook says it wants children to be able to take a time out from its Messenger Kids app.

Stay tuned with us to know more of such beneficial innovations of Facebook and other tech leaders of the industry.

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

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