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Google's Family Link Update Targets Teen Use

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Sep 18, 2018, 9:24 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google today said it has added tools to its Family Link service, giving parents more control over how their kids use mobile devices. To start, Family Link is expanding to teens. The service initially targeted children under the age of 13, but now supports those over the age of 13. Family Link makes it possible for parents to manage screen time, veto apps, and shutter features. Google says that parents can supervise their teen's existing Google Account, though teens have the power to turn off supervision if they wish (this generates a parental alert). Family Link is also baking in better support for Chromebooks. Parents can manage their teens and pre-teens by restricting web sites and account settings. Soon, parents will also be able to set screen time limits and manage Chromebook apps. Google says these features are rolling out over the next few weeks.

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