Google Makes Family Link More Widely Available
Google today made its Family Link tool available to parents in the United States without an invitation. Family Link is a service that lets parents set up and monitor their children's Android smartphones. Parents can use the app to create Google accounts for kids younger than age 13, which are linked to the parent's Google account. Parents can then approve and block apps from the Google Play Store, control screen time with daily limits, and remotely lock or prevent devices from being used at night. Though parents can now use Family Link from an Android handset or an iPhone, the child's handset still needs to run Android 7 Nougat and up.
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.
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.
Google to Add Family Friendly Tools to Play Store
Google today said it plans to add a section to the Play Store that will make it simpler for families to find appropriate content. A new graphic, called the Family Star, will signify to consumers when content is rated for children.
Google Releases YouTube for Kids
Google today announced YouTube Kids, what it calls a family-friendly video app for children. The app has narrowed down the focus of content available to what's appropriate for younger viewers.
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