Facebook launches Messenger Kids 'sleep mode' for more parental control

YouTube Kids app gets better parental controls finally

YouTube Kids app gets better parental controls finally. by Kristen Chase | Apr 26 2018 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Beginning this week, parents will be able to select "trusted channels" and topics that their children can access on the app, like "Sesame Workshop" or "learning", that have been curated by people at YouTube Kids and its partners. This will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel that will be available to their child within the app. YouTube Kids is also launching an improved search-off control.

With sleep mode, parents can set a designated time for the Messenger Kids app to shut down and remain inaccessible during this period. The social network giant has released this apps for the children under 13 years of age who also can get together with their little friends and can interact with them using this app.

Facebook and Facebook's Messenger Kids app icons are displayed on an iPhone in NY on February 16, 2018. But some child development experts have called for Facebook to pull it, saying it should not be making apps for kids.

YouTube Kids, which has been criticised for inadvertently recommending disturbing videos to children, has said that it would introduce several ways for parents to limit what can be watched on the popular app. In January, a group of 20 organizations including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, ACLU and Parents Across America signed an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calling the app "irresponsible" and urging him to discontinue it. This will support a mutual understanding between the two ends, providing a positive psychological effect for the children. When the app is in sleep mode, kids can not send or receive messages or video calls, play with the creative camera, or receive notifications. Playing with a creative camera or receiving notifications won't take place either. If a kid does try to open the app, it will let them know it's now in sleep mode and refuse access.

It's been almost five months since Facebook launched the child-focused Messenger Kids. Technology can thus be a beneficial tool to fuel idealism in familial aspects while passing on the baton of evolutionary progress to the newer representatives of time. For more guidance and resources, visit our Parents Portal at facebook.com/safety/parents.

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