Facebook launches Messenger Kids 'sleep mode' for more parental control

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The Google-owned app said in a blog post on Wednesday that parents would also have the option to restrict video recommendations to channels that have been "verified" by YouTube Kids, avoiding the broader sea of content that the app pulls from the main YouTube site through algorithms and other automated processes.

For more information about Messenger Kids, visit MessengerKids.com or follow the Facebook page for updates.

If you're a parent who has trouble getting their kids to sleep at night or keeping them focused on their homework due to constant device use, Facebook might have a solution to your woes. 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.

Parents have told us that they like how Messenger Kids allows them to fully control the contact list and check in on their child's messaging as they're learning to navigate the digital world.

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During sleep mode, they won't be able to receive or send messages, neither will they have access to video calls. The app comes with total parents control feature so parents can setup things for their Children. If they try to use the app, they'll see a message telling them that the app is in Sleep Mode and that they should come back later.

Sleep mode was created by the request of kids' parents to provide them a way to make the app "go to sleep" for a certain period of time so that the kids can't use it. The app looks pretty easy, giving the ability to choose a week day or weekend along with a time to start and stop sleep mode. For more guidance and resources, visit our Parents Portal at facebook.com/safety/parents. Parents can change the "off times" whenever they want.

YouTube Kids is introducing new features that will give parents greater control over the content their children can access while using the app. This could be a good time to let them know that you're setting limits for them on Messenger Kids.

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