Facebook has announced that it will be giving parents more control on the Messenger Kids app via a new sleep mode for the app. The new feature lets parents set predetermined “off times” for the app on a child’s device. When activated, the app will ‘go to sleep’ and will not be accessible to children during those hours. Sleep mode is controlled via the Parent Control center in the parent’s Facebook account and the ‘off times’ can be changed at any time.
In a post on the company’s official blog Tarunya Govindarajan, Product Manager stated, “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. But parents also told us they would like controls that make the app inaccessible at a certain time, like during dinner, homework time or bedtime. We took this feedback to heart and built a feature that gives that level of control to parents.”
In order to use sleep mode, parents need to access the Messenger Kids controls in the main Facebook app and then tap on the child’s name. Then the user has to select ‘Sleep Mode’ in the App Control’s section. Parents have the option to select different times for weekdays and weekends. If the child tries to activate the app when sleep mode is activated, it will show a message stating that the mode is currently active and to come back later.