Parents get control of when kids can use Facebook's Messenger Kids app

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Later this year, parents will be able to handpick every video and channel that children can view through the app, YouTube Kids said in its blog post, even restricting them to, say, 10 videos or a single channel. It comes with a bevy of parental controls and no ads.

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 Social Network giant has launched the Messenger Kids about five months ago. But parents have discovered a range of inappropriate videos on the app, highlighting the platform's dependence on automation and a lack of human oversight. Parents can control sleep mode from the Parent Control centre through their own regular Facebook accounts. As anybody who uses Facebook regularly likely knows, having instant access to your friends and family can be an addictive experience - it's easy to unintentionally spend more time chatting with your pals than doing something more productive.

Facebook Messenger Kids was the only app allowing parents to take full control of their Children's online behaviour and tracking down their activities.

With Sleep Mode, parents can set a designated off time and each day at the designated time, the app will "go to sleep" and not be accessible to kids during those hours.

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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. You will be allowed to create different settings for weekdays and weekends.

When a child opens the Messenger Kids app in sleep mode, they will see this screen.

Parents, before you toss your young child an iPad or smartphone to watch videos in the YouTube Kids app, you better make sure they're seeing something appropriate for their age. To that end, Facebook has opted to roll out a "Sleep Mode" feature for the app which will give parents more control over how and when their kids can use it.

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