'Family Link' Is Google's Twist on Parental Controls
'Family Link' Is Google's Twist on Parental Controls
Google debuts Family Link, an Android app that lets you remotely control your kid's device usage
16 March, 2017, 00:14
The parent will create a Google Account for the kid directly through the app.
Now available as an invite-only beta for Android 7.0 Nougat and above, Family Link has two parts: a special kid's version of a Google account, and an app that parents install on their own Android phone or tablet. This can be set at a certain time of day or with a switch on the parent's end of the two-app connection.
The Family Link app will surely prove popular with parents considering buying their kid a smart device of their very own. Google hopes to make the feature generally available in the U.S. in early summer and elsewhere in world later this year. Through the parental account, parents can also monitor areas including screen time, approved websites and apps the child's device can download.
Then you need to sign your kid up with the account you created for them. With tablets and smartphones, kids can access any number of naughty things, but Google's new Family Link would to like to solve potential issues.
Even younger kids these days can school their parents when it comes to smartphone use, but knowing exactly how to pull up Candy Crush on any device in no time doesn't mean kids know exactly how to be safe online.
Family Link has a few usage limitations for now. From there, child account management works much like it does with other parental controls systems, like Microsoft Family. After receiving an invite, parents with kids under 13 years old can download and try the Family Link app.
The app strives to allow kids access to a more age-appropriate version of the internet. Mostly because it is in every Android phone and we tend to stick to the search bar widget, as opposed to actually going into the app, but the latest rumored update might entice you to go into the Google app more often. Reports show usage on weekly and monthly increments.
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