Google Family Link support, first introduced a little over a year ago, providing a number of parental controls to mobile devices, now comes to Chromebooks…
Tech giant Google debuted an app called Family Link just over a year ago. It gives parents control over their children’s use of Android powered handhelds. These controls include allowing and disallowing certain apps, web pages, and screen time controls. It also gives parents the option to set a bedtime, lock devices remotely, as well as monitor usage and more.
Google Family Link Support Expands to include Chromebooks
Now, Google is bringing Family Link to Chromebooks. The company says it’s making Family Link available to Chromebooks because it recognizes over 50 percent of kids between 6 and 12 own laptops.
One of the most useful features of Family Link is the ability to set time limits to devices kids use regularly:
“It’s up to parents to decide the right amount of screen time for their kids. Family Link supports you by making it easy to set screen time limits and establish bedtime hours. Family Link also offers activity reports to show parents and kids how much time is spent on their favorite apps.”
Additionally, parents can block or grant access to websites, approve app installs or block them, and more:
“Family Link allows parents to customize a list of websites that kids can visit, and review and approve the apps they can download from Google Play, such as YouTube Kids or Google Play Books. Parents can also hide individual apps when necessary, and manage in-app purchases within apps already installed on the Chromebook.”
Furthermore, parents can remotely lock supervised accounts. All-in-all, Family Link provides extra peace-of-mind when kids use either their own or shared devices.