Facebook now lets parents schedule 'sleep mode' in Messenger Kids app

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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.

YouTube has introduced three new features to its Kids app, that will allow parents to customise content.

When active, sleep mode prevents kids from sending or receiving messages or video calls and from playing with the creative camera or receiving notifications.

For more information about Messenger Kids, visit MessengerKids.com or follow the Facebook page for updates. The new "sleep mode" feature will give the parents the ability to set designated daily "off times" when Messenger Kids will go to sleep.

Turning on sleep mode is also a good excuse for parents to have a conversation with their kids about the boundaries and limits they should have when using technology, said Tarunya Govindarajan, product manager for Messenger Kids.

Messenger Kids was built to give parents more control and to give kids a safer space to message and video chat with close friends and family.

Beginning this week, parents will be able to select "trusted channels" and topics that their children can access on the app, like "Sesame Workshop" or "learning", that have been curated by people at YouTube Kids and its partners. This ensures that they don't have to constantly monitor or change app controls, giving them the peace of mind for their children.

Facebook says it regularly talks to child development groups and thousands of parents, both on an ongoing basis and during the original development of the app. The new security settings, on the other hand, are optional and if the parents have no issue with whatever YouTube kids offer in its current form, and they can continue to enjoy the services. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. "In addition to all the work our teams are doing behind the scenes to make the experience the best it can be, we're also offering parents even more options to make the right choice for their family and for each child within their family".

"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.

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