Verizon's FamilyBase Arms Parents with More Control
Verizon Wireless recently announced FamilyBase, a new online tool that can be used by account holders to maintain some control over the lines associated with their account. Verizon is pitching the service to parents who want to restrict or limit their children's use of smartphones. The service can be used to monitor and limit calling, texting, app use/purchases, as well as set time restrictions, and manage contact lists. FamilyBase can also let account holders remotely lock a phone. FamilyBase costs $5 per month and covers up to 10 lines. It is compatible with Android smartphones, but not BlackBerries, the iPhone, or Windows Phone.
Google's Family Link App to Help Manage Kid Phones
Google today announced Family Link, an app and service parents can use to set up and monitor Android smartphones for their children. Parents can use the app to create Google accounts for kids younger than age 13, which is linked to the parent account.
Google Debuts Family Library for Play Store Purchases
Google today introduced the Google Play Family Library, which allows a single account holder to share purchases with up to six family members. Google says eligible app, game, movie, TV show, and book purchases from the Play Store can be shared across Android and iOS devices, as well as the web with no additional sign-up fee.
Verizon to Sell LG GizmoPal Connected Wearable
Verizon Wireless today announced the LG GizmoPal, a wearable for children meant to provide parents with peace of mind. The wearable can make and receive phone calls, though only to/from a limited set of numbers.
YouTube Brings Blocking Tool to Kids App
Google today updated its YouTube Kids application and gave parents a little bit more control over the content that's available to their youngsters. The latest version of the app lets parents block videos or channels when they are signed into the app.