Sleep Mode: Giving Parents More Control on Messenger Kids

YouTube Kids App now allows Parents to Whitelist Channels

Facebook introduced the sleep mode to its app Messenger Kids today, April 28 to improve parental controls that are the core of the app experience. The new "sleep mode" feature will give the parents the ability to set designated daily "off times" when Messenger Kids will go to sleep. 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.

When the Messenger Kids app is in Sleep Mode, kids will be unable to send or receive messages or video calls.

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.

Facebook Messenger Kids was the only app allowing parents to take full control of their Children's online behaviour and tracking down their activities. 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.

The company says parents can now specify the times kids aren't allowed on - either as a one-time restriction or something recurring, such as after 9 p.m. every school night. 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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Setting up the account for each child will give parents the option of setting limits to what videos can be displayed and played. Then, you can set the times that you want your child to not have access to the device.

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.

Stay tuned with us to know more of such beneficial innovations of Facebook and other tech leaders of the industry.

The social media platform's Messenger Kids app is getting a pretty nice update in the near future. 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.

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