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

Posted April 30, 2018

"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.

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.

That's right. A mom or dad will be able to sit down and single out as watchable the specific videos their kids can view.

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. There is a special control panel available for the Kids app which allows the parents to add and remove contacts to chat with their Children.

Sleep mode was created by the request of kids' parents to provide them a way to make the app "go to sleep" for a certain period of time so that the kids can't use it. 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. Facebook's kid-focused messaging app has received significant backlash from child advocacy groups and others.

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Moreover, the child will get a warning 10 minutes before the "sleep mode" activates so that he/she can finish and wind up any ongoing conversations on the app.

Sleep Mode is pretty simple.

The app will then pop up a message telling kids it's in Sleep Mode. Since the time Facebook launched Messenger Kids for the iOS in December, the social network has been on fire.

As far as what happens when sleep mode is activated, the app won't deliver notifications, kids won't be able to send or receive messages, and they won't be able to access the app's camera functionality, either. The controversy has raised questions about privacy and data collection at Facebook, and it has caused the company to reexamine lots of its policies. 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.