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. We took this feedback to heart and built a feature that gives that level of control to parents. 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.
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.
This new feature was requested by the parents themselves and is easy to use. The new option is being controlled by a parent from the Parent Control center in the parent's Facebook account. The Social Network giant has launched the Messenger Kids about five months ago. 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.
The app is fully dedicated to the Children under the age 13. Then, you can set the times that you want your child to not have access to the device. "Facebook told me they would come back with ideas to PREVENT underage use of their product, but instead they are actively targeting younger children".
This is really cool for the parents, where they can welcome their next generation to the digital world, and control their stay in the same simultaneously. More parental controls in apps focused on kids are always a good thing, so this Sleep Mode is a welcome addition to Messenger Kids. Go to the Facebook app and tap on to the Child's app from the profile section. 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. For more guidance and resources, visit our Parents Portal at facebook.com/safety/parents.