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


"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.

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. 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.

In order to configure this new Sleep Mode within the Facebook Messenger Kids app, parents access the entire application from within their own Facebook app. For example, a good use of this feature would be during the study hours or dinner time, etc.

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.

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Parents, before you toss your young child an iPad or smartphone to watch videos in the YouTube Kids app, you better make sure they're seeing something appropriate for their age. Still, some parents found disturbing videos were making it into the app and were viewable because they were not caught by the human curators. 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. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. 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.

In an effort to give more control to parents, Facebook has launched a Sleep Mode in its Messenger Kids that will allow parents to set predetermined "off times" for the app on a child's device. For more guidance and resources, visit our Parents Portal at facebook.com/safety/parents.

Parents are able to access all controls of Messenger Kids via the main Facebook app.