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

29 April, 2018, 00:05 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
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To that end, Facebook has opted to roll out a "Sleep Mode" feature for the app which will give parents more control over how and when their kids can use it. The new "sleep mode" feature will give the parents the ability to set designated daily "off times" when Messenger Kids will go to sleep.

"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.

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When the Messenger Kids app is in Sleep Mode, kids will be unable to send or receive messages or video calls. Any attempt to open Messenger Kids will be met with a message telling the child the app is in sleep mode and that they should come back later.

Facebook Messenger Kids was the only app allowing parents to take full control of their Children's online behaviour and tracking down their activities. Still, some parents found disturbing videos were making it into the app and were viewable because they were not caught by the human curators. After tapping on the name of the child, you'll need to tap on "Sleep Mode" in the App Controls.

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The company says parents can now specify the times kids aren't allowed on - either as a one-time restriction or something recurring, such as after 9 p.m. every school night.

Parents can use this feature by enabling this feature from their accounts. The social networking giant has no intention of pulling the plug on what is a window into the Facebook world for those yet to reach the ripe old age of 13. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. "In addition to all the work our teams are doing behind the scenes to make the experience the best it can be, we're also offering parents even more options to make the right choice for their family and for each child within their family". This could be a good time to let them know that you're setting limits for them on Messenger Kids. Parents can also delete the account or create a new account for the Kids within the same environment.

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