Facebook Messenger Kids app gets Sleep Mode

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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.

The new feature will allow parents to set designated start and stop times for when the app will go to "sleep". The parents have all the controls of the app using the Settings app on their own Facebook account.

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When active, sleep mode prevents kids from sending or receiving messages or video calls and from playing with the creative camera or receiving notifications. 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.

Parents provided feedback to Facebook regarding Messenger Kids that controls to make the app inaccessible during times like dinner or bedtime. 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 comes with total parents control feature so parents can setup things for their Children. By adding new features to this Children app, the giant is trying to make it more efficient for the existing users of the app. 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. This ensures that they don't have to constantly monitor or change app controls, giving them the peace of mind for their children. 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. You will be allowed to create different settings for weekdays and weekends.

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

Facebook launched the messaging app aimed at kids under 13 in December.

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