Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Now you can control your kid's smartphone activity with Family Link

Now you can control your kid's smartphone activity with Family Link

Family Link app can be installed on any device running Android 4.4 or above to control the external device, which however should be running Android 7.0. Parents will have to install the app on their devices first through which they can setup an account for their kids under 13. Besides, parents will also be able to add additional filtering options for numerous Google apps including Google Search and Chrome browser to protect their kids from inappropriate contents. 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. Family Link won't let you limit usage by app (something that Circle with Disney does); but they do let you set an overall screen time limit per device, per day. This is because it serves as an official mobile app store for Android OS or operating system.

Google has launched a new app called Family Link. The App Activity section will give you a summary of the top three apps by usage over the past seven days (you can also set it to a monthly view).

Now you can let your kids enjoy the phone with the power in your hand. In the USA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) restricts the collection of data on children under 13, requiring parental notification and consent.

Google today announced the Family Link, an app and service parents can use to set up and monitor Android smartphones for their children.

Installation of new apps will require an additional permission granted from the parent device. Also, they can assign another family member the same controls for the kids' account.

Google is expected to hold its Google I/O developer conference on May 17, so we'll have to wait until then for more details and clarity about Android O's features. Google would push the app to the masses after gathering feedback from the users.

When choosing an app from the Google Play Store, you can rest assured that they have undergone rigorous security tests before being displayed to the public.

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