Google's Family Link Tool to Recommend Teacher-Approved Apps
Google hopes a new feature in its Family Link app will help parents find apps that are recommended by educators. Google says it is adding a new card to the Family Link app that highlights what Google calls "nutritious" apps, or apps recommended by teachers. Parents can read more about recommended apps on their own phone and then tap to download those they approve to their child's phone or tablet. Google says the new Family Link card is available in the U.S. with a focus on apps for kids ages 6 through 9. Google expects to expand the tool to more countries over time.
Apr 15, 2020
Google is updating its Play Store for Android with a new Kids tab, highlighting "'Teacher approved' apps that are both enriching and entertaining". The Kids tab lets you filter by age group.
Feb 4, 2020
Facebook today launched a major update to Messenger Kids, its messaging app designed for kids 13 and under. While the original app simply gave parents control over who their kids could chat with, the new Parent Dashboard lets parents monitor everything except the text of messages themselves.
Apr 25, 2018
YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google's partners will cull together "collections of trusted channels" that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch.
Feb 7, 2020
Sprint today announced WatchMeGo, a new watch device for kids that offers two-way communication and location tracking. The watch offers GPS, two-way voice messaging, and can receive text messages from parents.