Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Google's new app lets parents control how kids are using their phones

Google's new app lets parents control how kids are using their phones

But it's also in an early-access program, so you will need to request an invite.

To use Family Link, you will need an Android 7.0-based device, and you must create your child's Google account using that app.

Manage screen time: Parents can set daily screen time limits and even keep tabs with weekly and monthly reports to see which apps are getting used the most. The parent will create a Google Account for the kid directly through the app. The more organized format takes a user's recent searches and it separates them into their own respective categories, such as images, maps, in apps, videos, news, and more. Many parents have simply worked together their own system using "normal" Google accounts, various apps and different software solutions, but going forward Family Link will easily be the go-to solution for parents just starting out giving children their first account and phone.

Right now, families who want to try out the app, which is still a work in progress, can request permission to do so by clicking here to visit Family Link's website.

Family Link has a few usage limitations for now. If you really want to put your kid on lockdown for study time or some other reason, you can also remotely lock their device.

The service, which will initially launch for Google Android and head to Apple iOS at a later date, is now accepting invites for testing in advance of a planned summer release. This control app will help parents monitor and control the account use of their child.

Social media sites like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram all require users to be at least 13 years old to sign up thanks to legal constraints associated with making such services kid-friendly.

Kids can use the app to play games and watch movies.

In case you thought you could be sneaky - the app shows kids what their parents see.

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