Facebook's Messenger Kids is getting a sleep mode

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The new sleep mode will allow parents to set predetermined times that Messenger Kids can not be used, whether that's a blocked out time for homework, during the night, or other times decided upon by the guardian.

With sleep mode, parents can set a designated time for the Messenger Kids app to shut down and remain inaccessible during this period. The new option is being controlled by a parent from the Parent Control center in the parent's Facebook account.

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. This will give parents more control over how much access their kid has to the app. Kids love the recommended videos in the app-and parents have told us they are also interested in more ways to personalize the app for their specific style.

With a simplified interface, the new feature enables parents to adjust the timings at any time. 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.

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Go to "Sleep Mode" in the App Controls section. It is meant to be a tool for parents to check their kid's contacts list and what are they texting about, but also to be a safe space for children to learn about the digital world. The sleep mode in Messenger Kids will allow parents to set predetermined "off times" in the app on the device.

Since its launch in December 2017, Messenger Kids is facing widespread criticism for encouraging children to join social media. This could be a good time to let them know that you're setting limits for them on Messenger Kids.

You can find the feature on Messenger Kids controls in the main Facebook 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.