Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

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

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

YouTube will give parents even more control over what their kids can watch on the YouTube Kids app later this year, as Beser wrote that YouTube will roll out an option that will allow parent to pick the individual videos they want their kids to be able to see on the app. The YouTube Kids app will reportedly be adding a "white-list" feature and a "parent-approved content" setting which means that parents will be able to select every single video and channel that their children can view within the app.

With sleep mode, parents can set a designated time for the Messenger Kids app to shut down and remain inaccessible during this period. "We took this feedback to heart and built a feature that gives that level of control to parents", Tarunya Govindarajan, Product Manager at Facebook, said in a blog post late Friday.

Facebook has its own Messenger app dedicated to Kids named with Facebook Messenger Kids. Kids using the app will see a bar at the top of the screen with a 10-minute countdown before the app goes into sleep mode, so they can wind down conversations. They also cannot use the camera, or receive notifications.

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

The app is fully dedicated to the Children under the age 13. Parents can change the "off times" whenever they want. Go to the Facebook app and tap on to the Child's app from the profile section.

Facebook has always remained in question to providing donations or some sort of financial assistance to some of the advisors who have been supportive towards its Messenger Kids app. The new option is being controlled by a parent from the Parent Control center in the parent's Facebook account. If a kid does try to open the app, it will let them know it's now in sleep mode and refuse access.

Stay tuned with us to know more of such beneficial innovations of Facebook and other tech leaders of the industry. Messenger Kids application is absolutely for free and you can download the app for both, iOS and Android platform for free.

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