Yesterday, Google launched Family Link, a mobile app that helps parents monitor their children’s phone usage. This app provides parents with weekly and monthly activity reports. It also allows the parents to set timers for how long their kids can use their smartphones. But most importantly, it helps the parent set up their child’s first Google account.
Google VP engineer Pavini Diwanji had this to say in the announcement:
“When your child is ready for their first Android device,Family Link kets you create a Google Account for them, which is like your own account, and also set certain digital ground rules that work for your family, like managing the apps your kid can use, keeping an eye on the screen time, and setting a bedtime on your kid’s device”.
Family Link also helps the parents remotely lock their kids’ devices when it is time to do other important things, like studying. It also helps the parents to remotely filter out unwanted content from Google’s apps, like Chrome. For the app to work, both the parent and the child must use Android. The parent’s Android device version must be Android 4.4 or higher. The child’s device version must be running at least Android 7.0 (Nougat).
Note that Family Link is not yet publicly available. However, it is expected to be available in Google Play soon.
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