Facebook has now added a new parental control feature to its Messenger Kids chat app which will allow the parents to get more control over their child’s contact list. The new ‘sleep mode’ feature will give the parents the ability to set designated daily ‘off times’ when Messenger Kids will go to sleep.
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. Even if the kid tries to open the app while it in ‘sleep mode’, a message will pop up telling him/her to come back later.
Moreover, the child will get a warning 10 minutes before the ‘sleep mode’ activates so that he/she can finish and wind up any ongoing conversations on the app.
‘Sleep mode’ feature live within a parent’s main Facebook app but for now though only one parent will have the access to control this feature inside Facebook.
The feature has just one major shortcoming. A parent can set the chat app to go to sleep automatically only once per day, choosing a different time slot fro say, weekdays and weekends. But while a parent will be able to manually put the app to ‘sleep mode’ on other times within a day, they will not be able to schedule the app to nap more than once in a day.
However, before enforcing such a feature, Facebook urges all the parents to have conversations with their children. Since the time Facebook launched Messenger Kids for the iOS in December, the social network has been on fire. The critics of Facebook have taken the social network to task for trying to lure the under-13 crowd to use the chat app before they get to join a Facebook rival like Snapchat.
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.
Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been under the radar ever since the social network’s disclosure that 87 million of its users’ information was wrongly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a political targeting firm.
On the other hand, Facebook claims that very little data is being collected in the Messenger Kids app and that the data is being collected for operational purposes or to ensure a good experience within the app. The social network insists that it is not sharing the data with any external parties.