Facebook launches Messenger Kids 'sleep mode' for more parental control

New You Tube Kids tools to help parents control content

Sleep mode offers the same to the parents, where the set off times will make the app inaccessible to kids for the respective time period. Now, Messenger Kids is getting a new feature called a "Sleep mode".

During the Sleep Mode, if a Child tries to access this Messenger Kids app, he will see a message that the app is in sleep mode and ask him to come later. 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.

The Google-owned app said in a blog post on Wednesday that parents would also have the option to restrict video recommendations to channels that have been "verified" by YouTube Kids, avoiding the broader sea of content that the app pulls from the main YouTube site through algorithms and other automated processes.

Parents can use this feature by enabling this feature from their accounts. However, growing concerns over the impact that digital devices and social media have on children's emotional and cognitive development has led to calls for Facebook to ditch the app.

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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. The social networking giant has no intention of pulling the plug on what is a window into the Facebook world for those yet to reach the ripe old age of 13.

It's been almost five months since Facebook launched the child-focused Messenger Kids. Moreover, the app allows Parents to add or delete contacts, and sends them notifications if their children report or block anyone they have been chatting with. You will be allowed to create different settings for weekdays and weekends. 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.

What do you think of the idea of Messenger Kids in general? Now Facebook is adding one more.

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