Still, some parents found disturbing videos were making it into the app and were viewable because they were not caught by the human curators.
Since its launch in December 2017, Messenger Kids is facing widespread criticism for encouraging children to join social media.
The app is created to be installed on a child's device, with the parent able to control settings from their own Facebook account.
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Parents provided feedback to Facebook regarding Messenger Kids that controls to make the app inaccessible during times like dinner or bedtime. 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.
With a simplified interface, the new feature enables parents to adjust the timings at any time. When they attempt to access the app, they'll come across a message asking them to come back later, and letting them know it's in sleep mode presently. In the time since its arrival on iOS in December, the app has graduated to Android, but on that same day a report emerged highlighting how numerous "experts" who had vetted the original Messenger Kids app were funded by Facebook. Parents can change the "off times" whenever they want. "Once you set the limits, the child will not be able to use the app during those hours", Govindarajan wrote.
The app is fully dedicated to the Children under the age 13. For more guidance and resources, visit our Parents Portal at facebook.com/safety/parents. The app looks pretty easy, giving the ability to choose a week day or weekend along with a time to start and stop sleep mode. Parental controls are core to the Messenger Kids experience, and today we're launching a sleep mode for the app- a new feature that allows parents to set predetermined "off times" for the app on a child's device. Messenger Kids application is absolutely for free and you can download the app for both, iOS and Android platform for free.