A couple of months ago, Facebook launched Messenger Kids on Android, the last platform to receive the child-oriented app. The idea behind Messenger Kids is to give parents more control over their children's online messaging and today the firm announced the app will receive a Sleep Mode which will further help towards that goal.
The social media giant said that parents liked the new controls they were given, but that they’d like to be able to also put the app to sleep at certain times such as for dinner, homework time and bedtime. With the new feature, parents can control what times and days they’d like Messenger Kids to go to sleep, right from within the parent’s account. Once you’ve set it up, you no longer need to worry about it.
To switch Sleep Mode on, go to the Messenger Kids controls in the main Facebook app and tap on the child’s name. Then navigate to “Sleep Mode” in the App Controls section. From there you can set the times you want the app to turn off; once the times are set, your child will receive a message whenever they open the app explaining that Sleep Mode is turned on and that they should come back later.
In Sleep Mode, the app cannot send or receive messages or video calls, play with the creative camera, or receive notifications. Facebook does recommend that when you switch on the feature that you should also have a conversation with your child and reach “a mutual understanding of the ground rules.” If you want more advice about managing your child’s use of Facebook service, head to Facebook’s Parents Portal.