YouTube Introduces More Parental Controls For YouTube Kids

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Facebook Messenger Kids is getting a new feature called "Sleep Mode". In the time since its arrival on iOS in December, the app has graduated to Android, but on that same day a report emerged highlighting how numerous "experts" who had vetted the original Messenger Kids app were funded by Facebook. The mode is controlled from the Parent Control centre in the parent's Facebook account and the "off times" can be changed at any time.

During those "off times", the kids will not be able to send or receive messages in the chat app, play with the camera, engage in video calls or receive any sort of notifications of the app. If they try to open the app, they'll see a message telling them that it's in sleep mode and to come back later.

Facebook has always remained in question to providing donations or some sort of financial assistance to some of the advisors who have been supportive towards its Messenger Kids app.

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Go to "Sleep Mode" in the App Controls section. This function will provide for an even more contained experience on the app. Starting this week, turning the search option off within the app will limit the channels children can access to a roster that has been verified by the YouTube Kids team.

This new feature was requested by the parents themselves and is easy to use.

The company says parents can now specify the times kids aren't allowed on - either as a one-time restriction or something recurring, such as after 9 p.m. every school night. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends.

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Since its launch in December 2017, Messenger Kids is facing widespread criticism for encouraging children to join social media. The app already has some built-in tools for parents, including giving them the ability to control their child's contact list. Child health experts the world over have written to Facebook to withdraw the app designed specifically for children under the age of 13. Now Facebook is adding one more.

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

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