Bad news for the little kids – Google has launched “Family Link”, an application for parents that let them control the mobile devices of their children.
Google Family Link
The new application lets parents create a Google Account for their children, which is like their own account. It also helps them create certain rules that work for their family – like keeping an eye on screen time, and setting a bedtime for their kids.
Google blog reads,
“The devices we carry every day open up a world of information for us to explore, sparking our curiosity and creativity. But when it comes to our kids using those same devices, it’s tricky. We want them to explore and be inspired as they embark on their digital adventure, but every family feels differently about what their kids should and shouldn’t be able to do on their device. That’s why we developed the Family Link app.”
How does it work?
First, your kid will need a new device that runs Android Nougat (7.0) or higher. Then, download Family Link onto your Android device and create a Google Account for them through the app. Finally, sign them into their new device. You can then use Family Link to help you:
Manage the apps: Family Link allows you to approve or block the apps your kid wants to download from the Google Play Store.
Manage the time your kids spend on their favorite apps: This includes weekly or monthly activity reports. You can also set daily screen time limits for their device.
Set device bedtime: You can remotely lock your kid’s device when it’s time to play, study, or sleep.
The app is currently in beta, available to use only in U.S. Once it gets the good response, it will be released for Worldwide use.