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

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

The new "sleep mode" feature will give the parents the ability to set designated daily "off times" when Messenger Kids will go to sleep. Parents can control sleep mode from the Parent Control centre through their own regular Facebook accounts.

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. If they try to open the app, they'll see a message telling them that it's in sleep mode and to come back later. The company has recently announced that they will be introducing more parental controls to YouTube Kids where it will give parents more control over the content that their kids can and cannot view. The critics of Facebook have taken the social network to task for trying to lure the under-13 crowd to use the chat app before they get to join a Facebook rival like Snapchat. The app looks pretty easy, giving the ability to choose a week day or weekend along with a time to start and stop sleep mode.

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According to YouTube, "Parents know better than anyone what they want their children to watch". 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.

However, before enforcing such a feature, Facebook urges all the parents to have conversations with their children. The sleep mode in Messenger Kids will allow parents to set predetermined "off times" in the app on the device.

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Parents can access all of their controls from the Messenger Kids controls in the main Facebook app. Since the time Facebook launched Messenger Kids for the iOS in December, the social network has been on fire. By adding new features to this Children app, the giant is trying to make it more efficient for the existing users of the app. Parents can also delete the account or create a new account for the Kids within the same environment.

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