Google unveils Family Link parental control app

Parents will manage the group, and thereafter, they can create accounts for the kids.

Don’t get us wrong. Now use the same user name and password to log in to your child’s Android smartphone. So if a child wants to download an app from Google Play Store, the parent will be notified about it on the Family Link app.

And how does Family Link help ensure that kids are staying safe on their devices?

Google today announced a new Android app called Family Link that lets parents create Google accounts for their children.

Parents can set a “bedtime” for their kids’ devices. We are not seeing the changes just yet, but if you are please hit the comments to let us know how the new UI is treating you. Apart from their own Google account, parents also need a valid credit or debit card to prove that a credit card owner or an adult has approved the child’s account.

What caught my that you can view how much time your child is spending in each app.and set daily time limits – after which the device locks until the following day.

Notably, Google-owned YouTube app is blocked because it has material unsuitable for young children.

How does Google Family Link work? Traditionally, parent-friendly devices for kids have been restricted to hardware companies that specifically produce kid-friendly versions of full-sized devices. Note that this will work only if your kids’ device is running Android Nougat 7.0 or higher and the parents’ devices has Android KitKat (4.4) and higher. Go here for more information on how to create an account. When your kid turns 13, he or she will have the option to graduate to a normal Google Account. You can still sign up for updates that tell you when Family Link becomes available for devices other than Android. And, in the Images section, you can see that Google is showing up “Popular Searches”. Plus, your child must be under 13 years of age for enabling Family Link app supervision. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google Android.

This app allows the parent to control which apps get downloaded on the Android device used by the child.

While many have taken a crack at the whole parental control concept, Google seems to be taking a leap much further with the Family Link program.

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