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

For the first time parents can limit You Tube Kids to human-reviewed videos and recommendations		
		
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Delia Stanley | 29 April, 2018, 00:10

YouTube Kids is introducing new features that will give parents greater control over the content their children can access while using the app.

Announced on Friday, Facebook is adding a sleep mode to Messenger Kids. The parents have all the controls of the app using the Settings app on their own Facebook account.

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.

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's Messenger Kids app is displayed on an iPhone in NY on February 16, 2018. They also cannot use the camera, or receive notifications.

However, before enforcing such a feature, Facebook urges all the parents to have conversations with their children.

Facebook launched the messaging app aimed at kids under 13 in December. But while a parent will be able to manually put the app to "sleep mode" on other times within a day, they will not be able to schedule the app to nap more than once in a day. Tap on the child's name, and then on "Sleep Mode" in the App Controls section.

It's simple to use, and while you can go in and adjust the times at any time, you can also just set it and forget it so you don't have to worry about constantly monitoring and changing the controls for the app. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. As anybody who uses Facebook regularly likely knows, having instant access to your friends and family can be an addictive experience - it's easy to unintentionally spend more time chatting with your pals than doing something more productive.

You can find the feature on Messenger Kids controls in the main Facebook app. 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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