YouTube Kids Bolsters Parental Controls

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Parents can control sleep mode from the Parent Control centre through their own regular Facebook accounts.

If your kid attempts to access the app during blocked hours, they'll receive a simple message telling them to come back at the appropriate time to access Messenger Kids again. Kids using the app will see a bar at the top of the screen with a 10-minute countdown before the app goes into sleep mode, so they can wind down conversations.

Setting up the account for each child will give parents the option of setting limits to what videos can be displayed and played. 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. Go to the Facebook app and tap on to the Child's app from the profile section.

"There are times when families might want to set off time when the devices are down", Antigone Davis, Facebook's global head of safety, said during a press briefing Thursday. For more guidance and resources, visit our Parents Portal at facebook.com/safety/parents. Moreover, the app allows Parents to add or delete contacts, and sends them notifications if their children report or block anyone they have been chatting with. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends.

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Facebook Messenger Kids was the only app allowing parents to take full control of their Children's online behaviour and tracking down their activities. Google hopes this is another step in the right direction of making YouTube Kids a safe-space for the 11 million children who watch videos in the app every week. This ensures that they don't have to constantly monitor or change app controls, giving them the peace of mind for their children.

With new features such as sleep mode, it appears Facebook is pursuing parental appeasement as a means to getting more kids into the Facebook ecosystem at a younger age.

For more information about Messenger Kids, visit MessengerKids.com or follow the Facebook page for updates.

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