Kids nowadays have become smart, and they regularly use modern devices in their daily lives. Parents are often afraid that their child might end up doing something wrong. But we can’t isolate them from the technology altogether. They need it for studying and for entertainment sometimes. So, why not give them what they want and cut off their freedom feathers a little bit. Google’s new Family Link app does the same.
Google has launched a new app called Family Link. It allows parents to monitor and control their kids’ devices running Android Nougat. Using the app, parents can restrict Play Store apps, set daily screen time, wirelessly lock the device, etc.
What Can Parents Do With Family Link
With the Family Link app from Google, you can stay in the loop as your kid explores on their Android device. Family Link lets you create a Google Account for your kid that’s like your account, while also helping you set certain digital ground rules that work for your family like managing the apps your kid can use, keeping an eye on screen time, and setting a bedtime on your kid’s device.
- Approve or block the apps your kid wants to download from the Google Play Store.
- 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.
- Remotely lock your kid’s device when it’s time to play, study, or sleep.
Parents can also do additional things like managing the SafeSearch settings, reviewing app permissions, and know their kid’s location. Also, they can assign another family member the same controls for the kids’ account.
Setting up the Family Link app requires you to create a new Google account for your child through the app on your device and use its credentials to sign-in on the kid’s Android phone or tablet.
One good thing for the kids to hear is that the is compatible with Android Nougat 7.0 and above. And there aren’t many Android devices running Nougat. For parents, Android KitKat 4.4 and above would work.
The Family Link app currently limited to the US. It’s an invite-only program for parents with 13-year-old or younger kids. Google would push the app to the masses after gathering feedback from the users.
Credit : fossbytes