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

For the first time parents can limit You Tube Kids to human-reviewed videos and recommendations		
		
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With a simplified interface, the new feature enables parents to adjust the timings at any time.

Facebook's Messenger Kids app is displayed on an iPhone in NY on February 16, 2018. "In addition to Sleep Mode, parents can add and remove contacts, delete the child's account, or create a new account right from the control panel", the post added.

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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. Sleep mode offers the same to the parents, where the set off times will make the app inaccessible to kids for the respective time period. For example, a good use of this feature would be during the study hours or dinner time, etc. Sleep mode is controlled from the Parent Control center in the parent's Facebook account and the "off times" can be changed at any time. Kids won't be unable to use the app during these times. After tapping on the name of the child, you'll need to tap on "Sleep Mode" in the App Controls.

The Google-owned app said in a blog post on Wednesday that parents would also have the option to restrict video recommendations to channels that have been "verified" by YouTube Kids, avoiding the broader sea of content that the app pulls from the main YouTube site through algorithms and other automated processes. Child health experts the world over have written to Facebook to withdraw the app designed specifically for children under the age of 13. Then, you can set the times that you want your child to not have access to the device. 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. Messenger Kids application is absolutely for free and you can download the app for both, iOS and Android platform for free. By adding new features to this Children app, the giant is trying to make it more efficient for the existing users of the app.

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