Published: Sun, April 29, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Facebook brings sleep mode to Messenger Kids providing more control to Parents

Facebook brings sleep mode to Messenger Kids providing more control to Parents

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.

To access this functionality now, parents will simply need to visit the Messenger Kids settings section in the main Facebook app. The new option is being controlled by a parent from the Parent Control center in the parent's Facebook account.

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. 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. This will give parents more control over how much access their kid has to the app.

Moreover, the child will get a warning 10 minutes before the "sleep mode" activates so that he/she can finish and wind up any ongoing conversations on the app.

Parents can now block access to the app during certain time periods on specific days. "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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Facebook has its own Messenger app dedicated to Kids named with Facebook Messenger Kids.

Beginning this week, parents will be able to select "trusted channels" and topics that their children can access on the app, like "Sesame Workshop" or "learning", that have been curated by people at YouTube Kids and its partners. The app comes with total parents control feature so parents can setup things for their Children.

The app is fully dedicated to the Children under the age 13. This could be a good time to let them know that you're setting limits for them on Messenger Kids.

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.

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