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Facebook gives parents control on when kids can use app

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Facebook Messenger Kids was built to give parents more control and to give kids a safer space to message and video chat with close friends and family.

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Parental controls are core to the Messenger Kids experience, and today we’re launching a sleep mode for the app— a new feature that allows parents to set predetermined “off times” for the app on a child’s device.

Parents have told Facebook 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.

With sleep mode, parents can set a designated off time and each day at the designated time, the app will “go to sleep” and not be accessible to kids during those hours.

Sleep mode is controlled from the Parent Control center in the parent’s Facebook account and the “off times” can be changed at any time.

It’s simple to use, and while you can go in and adjust the times at any time, you can also just set it and forget it so you don’t have to worry about constantly monitoring and changing the controls for the app.

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