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

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Parents can use this feature by enabling this feature from their accounts.

The new sleep mode lets parents go into their Facebook settings and decide when to make the Messenger Kids app off-limits.

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

With sleep mode, parents can set a designated time for the Messenger Kids app to shut down and remain inaccessible during this period. But some child development experts have called for Facebook to pull it, saying it should not be making apps for kids. 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.

YouTube has introduced three new features to its Kids app that will allow parents to customise content that their children consume on the platform. When the app is in sleep mode, kids can not send or receive messages or video calls, play with the creative camera, or receive notifications. They also cannot use the camera, or receive notifications. 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.

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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.

Facebook says it wants children to be able to take a time out from its Messenger Kids app. Collections launches this week and allows parents to choose from channels selected by the YouTube Kids team and trusted partners such as Sesame Workshop and PBS Kids. This option can be enabled from the app's Profile Settings option.

"For those parents who want even more control over the videos and channels in the YouTube Kids app, a special feature later this year will roll-out, that will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app", YouTube Kids said. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends.

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. "Facebook told me they would come back with ideas to PREVENT underage use of their product, but instead they are actively targeting younger children".

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