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Sleep Mode: Giving Parents More Control on Messenger Kids

Sleep Mode: Giving Parents More Control on Messenger Kids

Facebook introduced the sleep mode to its app Messenger Kids today, April 28 to improve parental controls that are the core of the app experience. 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.

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. Now, Messenger Kids is getting a new feature called a "Sleep mode". 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.

Setting up the account for each child will give parents the option of setting limits to what videos can be displayed and played.

This new feature was requested by the parents themselves and is easy to use.

Go to "Sleep Mode" in the App Controls section. They also cannot use the camera, or receive notifications. The app already has some built-in tools for parents, including giving them the ability to control their child's contact list.

Parents provided feedback to Facebook regarding Messenger Kids that controls to make the app inaccessible during times like dinner or bedtime. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends.

You can find the feature on Messenger Kids controls in the main Facebook app. Messenger Kids doesn't have any advertisements or in-app purchases, and Facebook said it was developed in compliance with COPPA, the law that protects children's privacy online.

Facebook is under intense scrutiny after last month's scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy that improperly accessed 87 million Facebook users' data without their consent.

For more information about Messenger Kids, visit MessengerKids.com or follow the Facebook page for updates.


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