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

Facebook wants children to take breaks from Messenger Kids Facebook now lets parents schedule 'sleep mode' in Messenger Kids app
Isabel Fisher | 29 April, 2018, 00:08

"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. Parents can access all of their controls from the Messenger Kids controls in the main Facebook 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.

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. 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.

According to YouTube, "Parents know better than anyone what they want their children to watch". 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. If a kid does try to open the app, it will let them know it's now in sleep mode and refuse access.


Facebook launched the messaging app aimed at kids under 13 in December. Tap on the child's name, and then on "Sleep Mode" in the App Controls section.

Facebook is giving its controversial Messenger Kids app a new feature called "sleep mode" today, allowing parents to set specific times when their children aren't allowed to use the app. 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. You will be allowed to create different settings for weekdays and weekends. Messenger Kids application is absolutely for free and you can download the app for both, iOS and Android platform for free. More parental controls in apps focused on kids are always a good thing, so this Sleep Mode is a welcome addition to Messenger Kids. For more guidance and resources, visit our Parents Portal at facebook.com/safety/parents.

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