The new sleep mode will allow parents to set predetermined times that Messenger Kids can not be used, whether that's a blocked out time for homework, during the night, or other times decided upon by the guardian.
To access this functionality now, parents will simply need to visit the Messenger Kids settings section in the main Facebook app.
Google announced late Wednesday it will give parents more control over the videos appearing in their account and on their device, by limiting the videos displayed to those reviewed by human being employees.
When the Messenger Kids app is in Sleep Mode, kids will be unable to send or receive messages or video calls. If they try to open the app, they'll see a message telling them that it's in sleep mode and to come back later.
Parents provided feedback to Facebook regarding Messenger Kids that controls to make the app inaccessible during times like dinner or bedtime.
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. But some child development experts have called for Facebook to pull it, saying it should not be making apps for kids.
Since its launch in December 2017, Messenger Kids is facing widespread criticism for encouraging children to join social media. For example, you could prevent your kids from using the app after 8pm on weekdays when they should be sleeping or doing their homework.
With a simplified interface, the new feature enables parents to adjust the timings at any time.
The app is fully dedicated to the Children under the age 13. By adding new features to this Children app, the giant is trying to make it more efficient for the existing users of the 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.
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