Published: Sat, April 28, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Facebook launches Messenger Kids 'sleep mode' for more parental control

Facebook launches Messenger Kids 'sleep mode' for more parental control

The new sleep mode will allow parents to set predetermined times that Messenger Kids can not be used, whether that's a blocked out time for homework, during the night, or other times decided upon by the guardian. It comes with a bevy of parental controls and no ads. This will give parents more control over how much access their kid has to the app.

During those "off times", the kids will not be able to send or receive messages in the chat app, play with the camera, engage in video calls or receive any sort of notifications of the app.

YouTube Kids was designed as a safe haven of sorts for kids, where the videos available on the platform were supposed to be filtered and reviewed to make sure that they are safe for children.

According to this new Sleep Mode features, parents can now set the times when their Children are not allowed to use this service.

Parents can now block access to the app during certain time periods on specific days. A parent could, for example, choose put the app in "sleep mode" during bedtime, dinner, or homework time.

Facebook Messenger Kids was the only app allowing parents to take full control of their Children's online behaviour and tracking down their activities.

YouTube Kids was introduced in 2015 for children of preschool age and older, and it says it has more than 11 million weekly viewers.

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. The new "sleep mode" feature will give the parents the ability to set designated daily "off times" when Messenger Kids will go to sleep. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. After tapping on the name of the child, you'll need to tap on "Sleep Mode" in the App Controls.

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.

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