Messenger Kids, the app launched by Facebook to cater to kids under the age of 13, has a new update. The app, which previously required parent’s approval no longer requires parents to be friends on Facebook with one another. With this, Facebook has solved one of the biggest issues the app has—it will no longer be viewed as an extension of a parent’s own Facebook account.
Of course, requiring parents to be friends on Facebook was a way of protecting kids under 13, many users felt it really wasn’t that necessary. That said, what has not changed is the fact that parents still have a role to play before their kids can add contacts—their approval is still required.
Taking a closer look at it, it makes a lot of sense to ditch that single condition that forces parents to be friends with their kid’s friends. Facebook in a blog post said parents didn’t find that part of the condition funny—and the social media giant was right to throw it out of the window.
We’ve heard from many parents that they may not always be Facebook friends with the parents of their children’s friends. Today we’re making a change to will make it easier for parents to find and invite contacts for your child while keeping the same strong parental controls that have always been at the core of the app.
You can now search by name for the parents of your kid’s friends and invite them. That means you will no longer see only your friends on Facebook whenever you are inviting other parents to download the app.
Wasn’t long ago when Facebook added an important update to Messenger Kids. The new feature allows parents to turn off the app at designated times. “Sleep mode,” the name of the new feature, was added to enable parents and children talk about when it is right to send messages to friends and family. it will also enable parents and children to determine the appropriate time for homework or bedtime among others.
Parents can activate the Sleep mode by accessing the Messenger Kids controls from the main Facebook app and tapping the child’s name. different settings can be activated for weekdays and weekends. Once activated, a child won’t be able to use the app during those period—instead, he will be greeted with a message that says the app is in sleep mode and to come back later.
Sleep mode is a cool addition, but rather than going back and forth to adjust the settings, you can just set it and forget it. What that means is that you will no longer worry about monitoring and changing the controls for the app.
Facebook said that parents can add and remove contacts, delete the child’s account, or create a new account right within the control panel. As a matter of fact, parents can access all of their control from the Messenger Kids control from the main Facebook app.