Family Link will let parents make a Google account for their kids

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If you kid wants its own Google account then Family Link is the answer for the parents

Family Link

Source: http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/03/15/google-announces-family-link-tool-creating-managing-google-accounts-kids-13/

Google announced a new app by the name Family Link. And yes it’s for kids also. According to the blog post this new application is designed for parents and it will let them create their child first Google account and some other parental controls, like managing the apps your kid can use, keeping an eye on screen time, and setting a bedtime on your kid’s device.

According to Google this is what you will get with Family Link

  • 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.

In order to use it both parents and children must use Android smartphones. So the first action is to download the Family Link mobile app to a device that has Android KitKat (4.4) or higher. Unfortunately there isn’t an iOS version available. At least for the time being.

Also the app is suitable for kids 13 and younger and their parents will set up the Google account.

After you set the account you have to sign in from your child’s smartphone or tablet which must have Android Nougat (7.0), or a supported device running Marshmallow (6.1). You can find the full list here.

And then parents can actually track down the activity from their kid’s phone. They can monitor how much time the child spends in apps and set boundaries.

For example parents can block or approve apps. But this decision is left up to the parents, Google doesn’t make any suggestions.

As for Google’s apps Family Link allow parents to change the filtering options remotely for  Google Search app and the Chrome browser. Of course this if for the kids safety and it will protect them from inappropriate content that they come across on the web.

And if Google has an application for parent monitoring for Android phones and tablets, the company will have an new ally for the markets.

The app Family Link is not available for everyone for the time being. But, Google offers early access to users who want to test it and give valuable feedback.


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Author: Martha Papadimitriou

Martha is a journalist, a blog writer, a mother and a bookworm. She studied Journalism and Communication and graduated in 2002. She has a restless spirit and loves to learn new things. Martha also wants to make the world a better place, and when she is not working she enjoys reading and cooking.

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