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With Family Link, parents will be able to create a Google account for their 13-year-old or younger child and install the Family Link app on the device that they want to manage. Parents will be able to block their kids from using and downloading certain apps, and will gain access to monthly or weekly reports on which apps their children are using the most. Advanced parental control features include screen time tracking, app rating limits, bedtime schedules, and more. The new "Google Family Link" app allows parents to make special Google accounts for kids under 13, which can be monitored and locked down. On the "Disclosure for Parents" page, Google notes that "your child's Google Account will be like your own" and "Most of these products and services have not been designed or tailored for children".

With the Family Link app, preteens can now legally have their own Google accounts, under the supervision of their parents.

Basic parental controls are easy to spot on the standard versions of Apple Inc. iOS and Google Android. While Family Link may not be the best solution, parents will be allowed to configure remotely some of the shifting alternatives for some of Google's own apps.

We will update this space once more information about the newly added app surfaces. Importantly, the parent doesn't have to be close by to control the child's device.

Family Link doesn't come with any other typical parental control features, like monitoring a child's physical location or restricting web browsing. The main idea behind the app is to give parents control over various aspects of their children's devices.

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Certain apps, such as YouTube and Android Pay are disabled by default, and you can't turn them on for your child's device.

Then, on the kid's device, the child signs in using these new credentials. Additionally, users are required to have a Google Account so that they are allowed to register. But this decision is left up to the parents, Google doesn't make any suggestions. As a parent you can run your side of the app on a smartphone or tablet which runs Android KitKat or above. Parents do know how much time the child is spending using Gmail and all other apps.

With Family Link, a parent is granted administrator level permission to a child's device.

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Also in the announcement at its company blog, Google said Family Link will help "families navigate technology together" - an enticing promise given how many kids have smartphones.


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