Facebook Messenger Kids app gets Sleep Mode

Posted April 29, 2018

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.

With a simplified interface, the new feature enables parents to adjust the timings at any time.

Facebook is adding a "sleep mode" feature to Messenger Kids.

YouTube Kids, which has been criticised for inadvertently recommending disturbing videos to children, has said that it would introduce several ways for parents to limit what can be watched on the popular app. Since the time Facebook launched Messenger Kids for the iOS in December, the social network has been on fire. In the time since its arrival on iOS in December, the app has graduated to Android, but on that same day a report emerged highlighting how numerous "experts" who had vetted the original Messenger Kids app were funded by Facebook. 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. In January, a group of 20 organizations including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, ACLU and Parents Across America signed an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calling the app "irresponsible" and urging him to discontinue it.

Parents provided feedback to Facebook regarding Messenger Kids that controls to make the app inaccessible during times like dinner or bedtime.

Messenger Kids was built to give parents more control and to give kids a safer space to message and video chat with close friends and family.

Facebook says it regularly talks to child development groups and thousands of parents, both on an ongoing basis and during the original development of the app.

"For those parents who want even more control over the videos and channels in the YouTube Kids app, a special feature later this year will roll-out, that will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app", YouTube Kids said. You will be allowed to create different settings for weekdays and weekends. "Facebook told me they would come back with ideas to PREVENT underage use of their product, but instead they are actively targeting younger children".