The Google-owned app said in a blog post on Wednesday that parents would also have the option to restrict video recommendations to channels that have been "verified" by YouTube Kids, avoiding the broader sea of content that the app pulls from the main YouTube site through algorithms and other automated processes.
Facebook launched the messaging app aimed at kids under 13 in December.
With Sleep Mode, parents can try to ensure that their kids are not using Facebook Messenger all night. This will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel that will be available to their child within the app. YouTube Kids is also launching an improved search-off control.
If your kid attempts to access the app during blocked hours, they'll receive a simple message telling them to come back at the appropriate time to access Messenger Kids again.
This new feature was requested by the parents themselves and is easy to use.
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According to YouTube, "Parents know better than anyone what they want their children to watch".
Beginning this week, parents will be able to select "trusted channels" and topics that their children can access on the app, like "Sesame Workshop" or "learning", that have been curated by people at YouTube Kids and its partners. 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.
Moreover, the child will get a warning 10 minutes before the "sleep mode" activates so that he/she can finish and wind up any ongoing conversations on the app. By adding new features to this Children app, the giant is trying to make it more efficient for the existing users of the app. You can set different times for weekdays versus weekends. In addition to sleep mode, parents can add and remove contacts, delete the child's account, or create a new account right from the control panel.
What do you think of the idea of Messenger Kids in general?