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

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Facebook wants children to take breaks from Messenger Kids
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29 April, 2018

Also, YouTube has also given a word that it will launch a feature later this year, which will enable parents to selectively choose the videos or channels they want their kids to have access to.

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.

Facebook Product Manager Tarunya Govindarajan announced the feature in a blog post, and recommended that parents set boundaries and lay out ground rules for their children's tech use.

To access this functionality now, parents will simply need to visit the Messenger Kids settings section in the main Facebook app.

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.

During sleep mode, they won't be able to receive or send messages, neither will they have access to video calls.

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Messenger Kids was built to give parents more control and to give kids a safer space to message and video chat with close friends and family. This function will provide for an even more contained experience on the app. Starting this week, turning the search option off within the app will limit the channels children can access to a roster that has been verified by the YouTube Kids team.

With Sleep Mode, parents can try to ensure that their kids are not using Facebook Messenger all night.

There are also plenty of reasons to be wary of apps like Messenger Kids and YouTube Kids.

Facebook says it regularly talks to child development groups and thousands of parents, both on an ongoing basis and during the original development of the app.

Parents have told us that they like how Messenger Kids allows them to fully control the contact list and check in on their child's messaging as they're learning to navigate the digital world. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. The new security settings, on the other hand, are optional and if the parents have no issue with whatever YouTube kids offer in its current form, and they can continue to enjoy the services.

This is what kids see when the app is in "sleep mode".


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