Facebook Messenger Kids App Gets Sleep Mode Parental Control

by Fredrick Graves April 29, 2018, 12:27
Facebook Messenger Kids App Gets Sleep Mode Parental Control

The "Parent Approved Content" feature empowers parents to handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app while an improved "Search-off" control ensures more contained experience.

Facebook has now added a new parental control feature to its Messenger Kids chat app which will allow the parents to get more control over their child's contact list. "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.

"Sleep mode" feature live within a parent's main Facebook app but for now though only one parent will have the access to control this feature inside Facebook. Under the "app controls" header, the Sleep Mode menu will appear. Messenger Kids doesn't have any advertisements or in-app purchases, and Facebook said it was developed in compliance with COPPA, the law that protects children's privacy online.

With Sleep Mode, parents can set a designated off time and each day at the designated time, the app will "go to sleep" and not be accessible to kids during those hours.

There are also plenty of reasons to be wary of apps like Messenger Kids and YouTube Kids.

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Messenger Kids, which was introduced in December, is a standalone app separate from Facebook's main social network and the regular version of Facebook Messenger. Kids won't be unable to use the app during these times. Child health experts the world over have written to Facebook to withdraw the app designed specifically for children under the age of 13. Parents can change the "off times" whenever they want.

Facebook has always remained in question to providing donations or some sort of financial assistance to some of the advisors who have been supportive towards its Messenger Kids app.

Setting up the account for each child will give parents the option of setting limits to what videos can be displayed and played. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends.

Messenger Kids already lets parents control their childrens' contact lists and view their messages via the parents' app control panel in the main Facebook app, but the lack of time limits has been a glaring omission since Messenger Kids was released late a year ago for iOS devices. When they attempt to access the app, they'll come across a message asking them to come back later, and letting them know it's in sleep mode presently.

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