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

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

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.

Facebook has begun rolling out a "Sleep Mode" feature to Messenger Kids, offering parents greater control over their children's social media use. This will give parents more control over how much access their kid has to the app. "We took this feedback to heart and built a feature that gives that level of control to parents", Tarunya Govindarajan, Product Manager at Facebook, said in a blog post late Friday.

The app is created to be installed on a child's device, with the parent able to control settings from their own Facebook account. But some child development experts have called for Facebook to pull it, saying it should not be making apps for kids. It is meant to be a tool for parents to check their kid's contacts list and what are they texting about, but also to be a safe space for children to learn about the digital world.

Facebook and Facebook's Messenger Kids app icons are displayed on an iPhone in NY on February 16, 2018. Kids love the recommended videos in the app-and parents have told us they are also interested in more ways to personalize the app for their specific style. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. This could be a good time to let them know that you're setting limits for them on Messenger Kids.

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As far as what happens when sleep mode is activated, the app won't deliver notifications, kids won't be able to send or receive messages, and they won't be able to access the app's camera functionality, either. Now Facebook is adding one more.

During the Sleep Mode, if a Child tries to access this Messenger Kids app, he will see a message that the app is in sleep mode and ask him to come later.

Parents are able to access all controls of Messenger Kids via the main Facebook app.

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