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


YouTube Kids is introducing new features that will give parents greater control over the content their children can access while using the app.

Announced on Friday, Facebook is adding a sleep mode to Messenger Kids. Parents can control sleep mode from the Parent Control centre through their own regular Facebook accounts.

During sleep mode, they won't be able to receive or send messages, neither will they have access to video calls. When they attempt to access the app, they'll come across a message asking them to come back later, and letting them know it's in sleep mode presently. "From collections of channels from trusted partners to enabling parents to select each video and channel themselves, we're putting parents in the driver's seat like never before".

The social media platform's Messenger Kids app is getting a pretty nice update in the near future.

Parents can now block access to the app during certain time periods on specific days. A parent can set the chat app to go to sleep automatically only once per day, choosing a different time slot fro say, weekdays and weekends. "Once you set the limits, the child will not be able to use the app during those hours", Govindarajan wrote.

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For giving more control to the parents, Facebook has recently launched kids messenger app. Facebook's Messenger app for Kids gives parents the control over who their kids talk to. Child health experts the world over have written to Facebook to withdraw the app designed specifically for children under the age of 13.

It's simple to use, and while you can go in and adjust the times at any time, you can also just set it and forget it so you don't have to worry about constantly monitoring and changing the controls for the app.

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

Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been under the radar ever since the social network's disclosure that 87 million of its users' information was wrongly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a political targeting firm.