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Since the app was released parents have blocked and flagged thousands of videos for being "fake" copies of their kids' favorite cartoon characters. "From collections of channels from trusted partners to enabling parents to select each video and channel themselves, we're putting parents in the driver's seat like never before".

This is something kids are especially susceptible to, as they might lack the self-control adults often learn as they grow up.

Facebook has begun rolling out a "Sleep Mode" feature to Messenger Kids, offering parents greater control over their children's social media use.

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Later this year, parents will be able to handpick every video and channel that children can view through the app, YouTube Kids said in its blog post, even restricting them to, say, 10 videos or a single channel. "Facebook told me they would come back with ideas to PREVENT underage use of their product, but instead they are actively targeting younger children". Now, the Messenger Kids has received a new feature called Sleep Mode.

The new feature will allow parents to set designated start and stop times for when the app will go to "sleep". 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. You will be allowed to create different settings for weekdays and weekends. 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.

"Sleep mode" feature live within a parent's main Facebook app but for now though only one parent will have the access to control this feature inside Facebook.

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It's been almost five months since Facebook launched the child-focused Messenger Kids. Messenger Kids application is absolutely for free and you can download the app for both, iOS and Android platform for free. "Once you set the limits, the child will not be able to use the app during those hours", Govindarajan wrote. If a kid does try to open the app, it will let them know it's now in sleep mode and refuse access. For more guidance and resources, visit our Parents Portal at facebook.com/safety/parents.

This is what kids see when the app is in "sleep mode".

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