Facebook to give parents ability to limit kids use of messenger

Sleep mode? Tech giants kids'fixes amount to baby steps

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.

Parents have told us that they like how Messenger Kids allows them to fully control the contact list and check in on their child's messaging as they're learning to navigate the digital world. When the app is in Sleep Mode, kids can not send or receive messages or video calls, play with the creative camera or receive notifications.

With sleep mode, parents can set a designated time for the Messenger Kids app to shut down and remain inaccessible during this period. For example, a good use of this feature would be during the study hours or dinner time, etc. The parents have all the controls of the app using the Settings app on their own Facebook account. This function will provide for an even more contained experience on the app. Starting this week, turning the search option off within the app will limit the channels children can access to a roster that has been verified by the YouTube Kids team. 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. Tap on the child's name, and then on "Sleep Mode" in the App Controls section.

Parents are able to access all controls of Messenger Kids via the main Facebook app. Google hopes this is another step in the right direction of making YouTube Kids a safe-space for the 11 million children who watch videos in the app every week. If they try to use the app, they'll see a message telling them that the app is in Sleep Mode and that they should come back later.

Facebook Messenger Kids is getting a new feature called "Sleep Mode". You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. By adding new features to this Children app, the giant is trying to make it more efficient for the existing users of the app. Messenger Kids application is absolutely for free and you can download the app for both, iOS and Android platform for free.

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