Facebook Adds Time Limits to Messenger Kids With Sleep Mode

Facebook Adds Time Limits to Messenger Kids With Sleep Mode

Facebook Adds Time Limits to Messenger Kids With Sleep Mode

As for the question of whether kids should be using these apps at all, Facebook's rationale is that children are already online and that parents have asked the company for a safer environment: "Messenger Kids was definitely about what families were telling us that they needed", she said.

However for parents who want access to the entire collection on YouTube, that will still be an option, despite the roll out of the newer features. The company has recently announced that they will be introducing more parental controls to YouTube Kids where it will give parents more control over the content that their kids can and cannot view.

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

What do you think of the idea of Messenger Kids in general?

YouTube has introduced three new features to its Kids app that will allow parents to customise content that their children consume on the platform.

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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. Sleep mode offers the same to the parents, where the set off times will make the app inaccessible to kids for the respective time period.

There are also plenty of reasons to be wary of apps like Messenger Kids and YouTube Kids.

Not too long ago, Facebook launched a kids version of its mega popular Messenger app.

The app is fully dedicated to the Children under the age 13. This option can be enabled from the app's Profile Settings option. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. This will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel that will be available to their child within the app. YouTube Kids is also launching an improved search-off control.

The changes provide "a more robust suite of tools for parents to customise the YouTube Kids experience", James Beser, product director for the platform, said in a statement. Now Facebook is adding one more. When they attempt to access the app, they'll come across a message asking them to come back later, and letting them know it's in sleep mode presently.

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