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

Facebook now lets parents schedule 'sleep mode' in Messenger Kids app

Facebook now lets parents schedule 'sleep mode' in Messenger Kids app

Facebook also suggests all the parents to let their Children know about this new feature called Sleep Mode on the messenger app so that they would not try out the app during the times. In the time since its arrival on iOS in December, the app has graduated to Android, but on that same day a report emerged highlighting how numerous "experts" who had vetted the original Messenger Kids app were funded by Facebook. The new option is being controlled by a parent from the Parent Control center in the parent's Facebook account.

During sleep mode, they won't be able to receive or send messages, neither will they have access to video calls. Kids using the app will see a bar at the top of the screen with a 10-minute countdown before the app goes into sleep mode, so they can wind down conversations. We took this feedback to heart and built a feature that gives that level of control to parents. But parents also told us they would like controls that make the app inaccessible at a certain time, like during dinner, homework time or bedtime. After tapping on the name of the child, you'll need to tap on "Sleep Mode" in the App Controls. "Once you set the limits, the child will not be able to use the app during those hours", Govindarajan wrote.

"There are times when families might want to set off time when the devices are down", Antigone Davis, Facebook's global head of safety, said during a press briefing Thursday. This will give parents more control over how much access their kid has to the app.

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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.

You can find the feature on Messenger Kids controls in the main Facebook app. There is a special control panel available for the Kids app which allows the parents to add and remove contacts to chat with their Children.

For more information about Messenger Kids, visit MessengerKids.com or follow the Facebook page for updates.

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