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September 28, 2020
Google Family Link App

Google Family Link App with Parental Controls Debuts

A new Google Family Link App featuring parental controls for mobile devices opens with an early access program and is now accepting invitations…

Google is introducing a new Family Link app for Android devices with new parental controls. The program currently has limited access and works only on Android devices, running Nougat 7.0 or higher.

Google Family Link App with Parental Controls Rolling Out

The Family Link app works by parents creating a new Google account for their child through the app itself. Then, sign a child onto an Android 7.0 device or higher and starting using the app.

The company states this app is to help parents let children explore, while staying safe. “The devices we carry every day open up a world of information for us to explore, sparking our curiosity and creativity. But when it comes to our kids using those same devices, it’s tricky. We want them to explore and be inspired as they embark on their digital adventure, but every family feels differently about what their kids should and shouldn’t be able to do on their device,” Pavni Diwanji, VP of Engineering, explains.

With the Google Family Link app, parents can approve or deny Play Store app downloads:

Google Family Link App manage Play Store downloads
Credit: Google

Parents can monitor screen time:

Google Family Link App screen time monitor
Credit: Google

Also, parents can set a bedtime:

Google Family Link App set bedtime
Credit: Google

The Family Link early access program is currently open to parents in the United States with children under 13 years of age. “We’re just getting started, and we’ll be asking parents using Family Link for feedback about how to improve the experience before we make the app broadly available,” the website states.

In addition to this, Google is introducing a new upsetting-offensive search results flag to combat inaccurate, untrue, and misleading content.

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