Facebook adds 'sleep mode' parental control feature on Messenger Kids

29 April, 2018, 00:08 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
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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. "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". This ensures that they don't have to constantly monitor or change app controls, giving them the peace of mind for their children.

Parents provided feedback to Facebook regarding Messenger Kids that controls to make the app inaccessible during times like dinner or bedtime.

Setting up the account for each child will give parents the option of setting limits to what videos can be displayed and played.

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"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. It is meant to be a tool for parents to check their kid's contacts list and what are they texting about, but also to be a safe space for children to learn about the digital world. Kids won't be unable to use the app during these times. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. When you're setting boundaries around the use of technology, it may be helpful to have a conversation with your child to make sure you have a mutual understanding of the ground rules.

What do you think of the idea of Messenger Kids in general?

Stay tuned with us to know more of such beneficial innovations of Facebook and other tech leaders of the industry. More parental controls in apps focused on kids are always a good thing, so this Sleep Mode is a welcome addition to Messenger Kids.

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During sleep mode, they won't be able to receive or send messages, neither will they have access to video calls. If they try to use the app, they'll see a message telling them that the app is in Sleep Mode and that they should come back later. Parents can also delete the account or create a new account for the Kids within the same environment.

Since its launch in December 2017, Messenger Kids is facing widespread criticism for encouraging children to join social media.

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