Facebook messenger App for Kid – Messenger Kids, has introduced a new feature called Sleep Mode. This was announced on Friday 27th April.
The Sleep Mode is a new feature which will allow parents to set predetermined “off times” for the mobile app on their children’s device.
You would recall that the Messenger Kids App launched late 2017 sparked some contention and controversy, which culminated in some experts calling for the scraping of the messaging app, in a move to protect underaged children from the dangers of being exposed to the use of technology. The centre for Humane technology was equally in a similar opinion about excessive use of technology. In the midst of all these, Facebook was however adamant. This new feature would be a justifiable reason to keep the app running.
The sleep mode feature is in pursuant to parents’ demands for touch her and better control over the app usage, according to Facebook. The new feature would “go to sleep” and not be accessible to kids during times like dinner, homework or bedtime. Parents can designate such hours based on their discretion. This means that the off time can be changed anytime by parents. The feature also allows parents to set different times for weekdays versus weekends. Once the limits is set, the child will not be able to use the app during those hours.
How to Use Sleep Mode
- Go to the Messenger Kids controls in the main Facebook app. Tap on the child’s name, and then on “Sleep Mode” in the App Controls section.
- Set the times you want the app to turn off for your child.
- Have a conversation with your child. When you’re setting boundaries around the use of technology.
- Let sleep mode do its job. When the app is in sleep mode, kids cannot send or receive messages or video calls, play with the creative camera, or receive notifications. 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.
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Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging service and software application which provides text and voice communication. Integrated with Facebook’s web-based Chat feature, Messenger lets Facebook users chat with friends both on mobile and on the main website.
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