Facebook adds 'sleep mode' parental control feature on Messenger Kids

Randy Kelley
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.

Announced on Friday, Facebook is adding a sleep mode to Messenger Kids. The mode is controlled from the Parent Control centre in the parent's Facebook account and the "off times" can be changed at any time.

When active, sleep mode prevents kids from sending or receiving messages or video calls and from playing with the creative camera or receiving notifications. 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 access the control center through their own Facebook account, where they can stipulate when the app should be on lockdown - "during the week", "weekends", and at specific hours during those periods. The social network giant has released this apps for the children under 13 years of age who also can get together with their little friends and can interact with them using this app. Go to the Facebook app and tap on to the Child's app from the profile section.

The company says parents can now specify the times kids aren't allowed on - either as a one-time restriction or something recurring, such as after 9 p.m. every school night. Kids won't be unable to use the app during these times. We took this feedback to heart and built a feature that gives that level of control to parents.

Parents are able to access all controls of Messenger Kids via the main Facebook app. Messenger Kids application is absolutely for free and you can download the app for both, iOS and Android platform for free.

Stay tuned with us to know more of such beneficial innovations of Facebook and other tech leaders of the industry. In addition to sleep mode, parents can add and remove contacts, delete the child's account, or create a new account right from the control panel.

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