Facebook’s Messenger Kids, a chat app for kids under 13, has been designed to give parents more control over their kids’ contact list. Today, the app is gaining a new feature called “sleep mode,” giving parents the ability to turn the app off at designated times. The app, which launched last December, has been the target of much controversy.
To configure sleep mode, parents access the Messenger Kids controls from the main Facebook app, tap on their child’s name. They can set daily times for the app to “go to sleep.” If the child tries to use the app during these times, they’ll instead see a message that says the app is in sleep mode and to come back later.
Messenger Kids is free to download on iOS and Android.