Sleep Mode: Giving Parents More Control on Messenger Kids

29 April, 2018, 22:25 | Author: Marie Harrington
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With a simplified interface, the new feature enables parents to adjust the timings at any time.

This is something kids are especially susceptible to, as they might lack the self-control adults often learn as they grow up. "For those parents who want even more control over the videos and channels in the YouTube Kids app, we're rolling out a feature later this year that will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app". "Parents told us they would like controls that make the app inaccessible at a certain time, like during dinner, homework time or bedtime". They also cannot use the camera, or receive notifications.

When active, sleep mode prevents kids from sending or receiving messages or video calls and from playing with the creative camera or receiving notifications. 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. Go to the Facebook app and tap on to the Child's app from the profile section. 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. But some child development experts have called for Facebook to pull it, saying it should not be making apps for kids.

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"Sleep mode" feature live within a parent's main Facebook app but for now though only one parent will have the access to control this feature inside Facebook. You will be allowed to create different settings for weekdays and weekends. "Once you set the limits, the child will not be able to use the app during those hours", Govindarajan wrote. More parental controls in apps focused on kids are always a good thing, so this Sleep Mode is a welcome addition to Messenger Kids.

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.


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