Google Debuts Family Link Parental Controls to All
Last December Google invited certain VIP Android users to it’s beta program for Family Link. The Internet giant wanted to go deeper than Apple has gone with iTunes sharing and any family controls currently offered for their iOS platform. Family Link achieves that.
Parents will download the family link app on their own phones and then on the phones of their children. Google has made it a breeze to manage multiple family link accounts for children on one or two parental devices.
Parents can do everything from deciding what apps can be downloaded to requiring permission for kids to download apps. They can also see how much time kids are spending on screen and what they are spending that time doing. Now you’ll know if your kids are watching unboxing videos on YouTube all day long, doing educational games or playing MineCraft.
Parents can also set up bedtime. After bedtime kids can’t use their phone for anything except for emergencies and to call mom and dad.
Google also realizes that parents may have iPhones while their kids have Android phones. For many families, Android is a cheaper way to get their kids online faster. With that in mind, parents can find the parental app for Family Link in the iTunes app store.
Family Link works on kids phones running Marshmallow (Android 6.0) or better. The parental app is available for parents running anything Kit Kat (Android 4.4) or better.
Family Link’s key features are:
- Manage the apps your kid can use: Approve or block the apps your kid wants to download from the Google Play Store.
- Keep an eye on screen time: See how much time your kid spends on their favorite apps with weekly or monthly activity reports, and set daily screen time limits for their device.
- Set device bedtime: Remotely lock your kid’s device when it’s time to play, study, or sleep.
You can find out more at the official Family Link website.