Facebook Messenger For Kids Is Getting A Sleep Mode

Parents are getting more control over the controversial Facebook Messenger For Kids with the sleep mode feature.


The Facebook Messenger for Kids is getting a sleep mode for parents to better control the app’s usage.

The newly-added feature is something a lot of parents have been asking for. Sleep mode allows parents to make the app inaccessible during certain times. This can be during dinnertime, while the kids are doing homework, or at bedtime.

Parents can activate the sleep mode through the Parent Control center in their account. Once activated, the app will no longer be able to receive or send messages or video calls. The rest of the apps functionality such as playing with the creative camera and receiving notifications will also be disabled.

Launched in of December last year, Messenger Kids has already gotten its fair share of controversy. The app is targetted to kids from 6 to 12 years old. It does not require a Facebook account and parents are able to control which friends or family the kids can talk to. However, a lot of people feel strongly against kids having access to this kind of technology at an early age.

With the new feature, Facebook is hoping to assure more parents that they are going to great lengths to ensure the app’s safe usage.

Facebook Rolls Out Messenger App For Kids

Children ages 6 to 12 years old can now communicate with their families and friends.  Facebook announced on Monday that an app will be rolled out in the United States.

Called as the Messenger Kids, this app is  a parent-controlled that allows children to use the messaging and video chat features.

Facebook has recognised the need to have a messaging platform for kids. The app was a product of a series of consultation to parents and parenting experts in the US.

The social media giant took several years to develop such app for kids. Why? Because federal laws prohibit companies to collect information from minors. Unless, of course, companies obtained permission from parents.

In a Facebook blog post, Loren Cheng, Product Management Director said Facebook has consulted the National PTA to discuss the Messenger Kids as a parent-controlled app.

“Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families. This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone,” Cheng said.

NTA conducted a study which involved more than 1, 200 parents in the US. It selected parents who have children under the age of 13.

The result of the study revealed that 3 out of every 5 American parents surveyed claimed that their children under 13 use a social media app.

Furthermore, the NTA study disclosed that 81 percent of  American parents reported that their children—between ages 8 and 13—are using social media app.

Children under 13 can install the Messenger Kids either in their tablets or smartphones. The parent’s Facebook account, however, controls the Facebook messaging app.

Messenger Kids will not be showing any ads. In addition, the app wouldn’t collect any data for marketing purposes.  The social media giant also added a facility that can detect sexual content, nudity or violence.

 

Facebook’s Messenger Kids is now available on Apple’s App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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