Parents can set digital ground rules for children with Google's new Family Link app

Google has introduced a Family Link app that gives parents a set of powerful tools to help their children navigate the digital world.


Google has introduced a Family Link app that gives parents a set of powerful tools to help their children navigate the digital world. The application is only available to parents for new Android devices with support for Android Nougat 7.0 or later, but kids can use the app on a select Marshmallow devices. Parents have to download the Family Link app on their Android smartphones, and create new credentials for their children. The children can then use the credentials to login to their Android devices.

Parents can use the application on their phones to monitor and control aspects of the use. There are new pre-set rules, and the users are free to set up their own controls as they see fit.

Parents can monitor which applications their children are installing, and choose to block certain applications. There is a window for monitoring the amount of time spent within each application, so parents can identify when their children are using an application for an inordinate amount of time.

Parents can set digital ground rules for children with Googles new Family Link app

A device bedtime setting locks the device during certain hours, preventing children from using the device. The bedtime settings can be set for each day of the week. The application is initially available for parents in the US, who can request early access to the application. The application is in the beta phase and Google plans to take feedback from parents on new functionalities to include, before a wider roll out of the app.