YouTube Kids Bolsters Parental Controls

30 April, 2018, 12:20 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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YouTube has decided three years after the release of their YouTube Kids app to give parents more control over what their children view on the app following complaints that not all videos on the site were suitable for children, Variety reports.

In order to configure this new Sleep Mode within the Facebook Messenger Kids app, parents access the entire application from within their own Facebook app.

During those "off times", the kids will not be able to send or receive messages in the chat app, play with the camera, engage in video calls or receive any sort of notifications of the app.

Beser added that even with all the new controls YouTube Kids will soon have, YouTube Kids users will still be able to use the app with its full functionality if they so choose and their parents permit it.

The feature has just one major shortcoming.

According to YouTube, "Parents know better than anyone what they want their children to watch". This will give parents more control over how much access their kid has to the app.

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

The social media platform's Messenger Kids app is getting a pretty nice update in the near future.

As for the question of whether kids should be using these apps at all, Facebook's rationale is that children are already online and that parents have asked the company for a safer environment: "Messenger Kids was definitely about what families were telling us that they needed", she said. More parental controls in apps focused on kids are always a good thing, so this Sleep Mode is a welcome addition to Messenger Kids.

You can find the feature on Messenger Kids controls in the main Facebook app. The social network insists that it is not sharing the data with any external parties. The app already has some built-in tools for parents, including giving them the ability to control their child's contact list. Parents can also delete the account or create a new account for the Kids within the same environment. Messenger Kids application is absolutely for free and you can download the app for both, iOS and Android platform for free.


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